Tough Top8 semis
Bantu on Sunday completed the LNIG top8 semi-final line-up after beating Highlanders 3-0 in Qoaling.
the win ensured A Matšo Matebele joined Matlama, Likhopo and LCS in the Last Four of the tournament whose winner pockets a cool M100 000.
The Mafeteng-based outfit, who beat Highlanders 8-0 in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie three weeks ago, now play Likhopo in one of the semi-finals, while Matlama face LCS in the other. Both ties are scheduled for 21 March at Setsoto Stadium, while the final takes place the following day at the same venue.
LCS booked their place in the semi-final a week ago after edging defending champions Lioli 1-0 on aggregate, while Matlama beat LDF 3-2 over two legs, and Likhopo prevailed 2-1 over Linare.
Bantu spokesperson, Bokang Phasumane, said the club was hoping for a successful season as they are also in the running for the league title while also playing in the 2015 african Champions League.
“We have a very busy schedule ahead of us, but that’s what happens when you are a big team,” Phasumane said on tuesday.
“It is going to be very tough in the semifinal as Likhopo are stronger than Qoaling Highlanders, whom we easily beat in the quarterfinals.
“However, our players understand the importance of this tournament and what it means to the club, hence I am confident that we will go all the way to the final and lift the trophy.”
On his part, Matlama defender, tšeliso Ramathe, said the LNIG competition gave the club the chance to win their first silverware in two years.
“We have been very inconsistent in our league matches, so thetop8 gives us a chance to win something for our supporters,” Ramathe said.
“I know it won’t be easy against LCS as they have already eliminated the defending champions, Lioli, but I think we have the quality to go all the way. We showed it late last year in the Independence Cup, but we were unlucky to lose to Lioli on penalties in the final and this is our chance to atone for that agonising defeat.”
Matlama forward (right) Jane Thabantšo looks to dribble the ball away from LDF defender Tsepiso Letuma during the LNIG Top8 quarterfinal played on Sunday at Ratjomose Ground.