BY REITUMETSE MABALEHA
Maseru- After they were overtaken by Bantu for less than a day, Matlama has once again claimed the first position on the log. This comes after they beat Sefothafotha by two goals to nil.
After this result, the log leaders Matlama are on 59 points with only a game to play. Well, all teams will play their last games on weekend. They came into this match with a loss they suffered against their arch-rivals Bantu.
Sefothafotha has often held the so called big teams to a draw but they usually don’t win against the Mabote based club. Matlama however, needed a win to go straight back to the pinnacle of the log standings.
The first minutes of the game, Matlama was put under a lot of pressure. They were the ones who defended the most. But they gained composure and things began to go their way. Their talisman Motebang Sera began to threaten more. He attacked numerously in a space of little time. That seemed to frustrate the defence of the opponents. They cracked and made unnecessary mistakes that Matlama failed to capitalise on.
Occasionally, Mosebo Relebohile proved to be a real threat, but Rethabile Mokoane contained him just fine. He couldn’t make a run past him. Both went into the halftime break goalless.
On the 54th minute, in the second half, Matlama broke the deadlock, courtesy of Jane Thabants’o. It was a stunner from outside the box. It hit the goal post’s “90 degrees”; where the crossbar meets the post. The goalie did not realise that it would beat him; he thought it was above the crossbar. At least that was what his reaction indicated.
That goal unveiled a new Matlama. They then displayed an entertaining football. On the 76th minute, they doubled their lead via Mocheko ‘Bushy’ Moletsane. It was a rebound that the keeper miscalculated. This goal was the last nail on the coffin for Sefothafotha. Six minutes later, Moletsane was susbstituded to make way for Mabuti Potloane. He also became very offensive on the ball when going forward.
‘Sehenehene,’ as Sefothafotha is famously known amongst its favourites, tried to go for a consolation goal, but it was not to be. Matlama won the match by a whopping two goals to zero, and kept another clean sheet.
That meant that they overtook Bantu into the place they have accommodated for the most part the second round, if not the most part of the season.