Bantu dis­man­tle LDF to go top of Premier­ship

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bantu out­played Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) 3-1 on Sun­day at Leshoboro Sta­dium in Mafeteng to go top of the 14-team Vodacom Premier League stand­ings.

The army-side had been lead­ing the ta­ble for the past two months un­til Sun­day’s loss to a ram­pant A Matšo Mate­bele side spurred on by a vo­cif­er­ous home crowd.

The week­end loss was only LDF’S sec­ond of the 2014/15 sea­son, and meant they re­mained on 20 points — one be­hind Bantu who now have 21 points after 10, while the sol­diers have played 11 games. Tey­ateya­neng-based Li­oli are in third place on 19 points after eight matches.

Bantu’s Litšepe Marabe net­ted his sev­enth and eighth goals of the cam­paign to con­tinue with his fine scor­ing form since re­turn­ing to do­mes­tic foot­ball from South African First Di­vi­sion out­fit United FC, while Mokoe­nanyane Moahloli got the con­so­la­tion goal for LDF.

The tal­ented for­ward re­turned to Le­sotho after spend­ing the whole of last sea­son with­out play­ing an of­fi­cial game at United due to com­pli­ca­tions with his reg­is­tra­tion.

Mean­while, Nyenye Rovers and Qoal­ing High­landers played to a goal­less draw in St Mon­ica’s last Satur­day.

The sin­gle point helped High­landers move one place from the bot­tom of the ta­ble while Rovers now oc­cupy 11th po­si­tion after stun­ning Bantu 1-0 at the same venue the pre­vi­ous week­end.

League rook­ies Kick­4life con­tin­ued with their im­pres­sive run on Satur­day at Old Europa Ground, beat­ing strug­gling LMPS 2-0 to move to po­si­tion five on the log.

Young striker Thabiso Brown also con­tin­ued with his rich vein of form as he scored his 6th goal of the cam­paign and is now two goals be­hind the league’s top-scorer, Marabe.

On the other hand, the match be­tween LCS and Mphat­lat­sane failed to take place on Sun­day due to a wa­ter­logged pitch fol­low­ing heavy rains which pounded Maseru almost the en­tire day.

File pic: Bantu striker Tse­bang Le­bata (left) is tack­led by LDF de­fender Tu­mane Lethakha dur­ing a premier League en­counter.

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