Tough Top8 semis

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.