Mixed fortunes for top guns
Bantu boosted their chances of defending the Vodacom Premier League title after edging nyenye Rovers 1-0 in Mafeteng on Sunday.
However, the win did little to change the complexion of the top half of the 14-team table as Lioli remain at the summit following a 5-0 demolition of Qoaling Highlanders at LCS Ground on Saturday.
Eighteen fixtures into the 26-match premiership programme, Lioli have accumulated 45 points, while Bantu are second on 40. army-side LDF are in third position on 37 points, while LCS and Matlama occupy fourth and fifth positions with 33 and 31 points, respectively.
Yet it was the manner in which tse nala thrashed Highlanders that could see Bantu failing to defend their prized possession.
after a double by Junior Maba, Montoeli Sonopo, Rasetabole Kalotsane and tšepo Lekhooana completed the massacre with a goal apiece, while Bantu could only afford a single goal against Rovers at home.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, LCS were held to a 1-1 draw by rookies and sixth-placed Likila united in Butha-buthe.
also on Sunday, Lehlomela Ramabele scored the only goal of the match as Likhopo piled more misery on struggling Linare. this was Linare’s 12th loss of the season, and the result saw Likhopo consolidate seventh position, while up-the-greens remained eighth.
again on Sunday, Mphatlalatsane beat Kick4life 2-1 to boost their chances of securing a top-eight place at the end of the season, which would qualify them for the LNIG top8 tournament.
On the other hand, Mabuti Potloane, on Saturday scored his second goal since joining Matlama from Linare to help his new team scrape 1-0 past a very determined Sundawana at LCS Ground.
Yet the biggest surprise of the weekend came from PTC Ground where second-frombottom LMPS beat tittle-contenders LDF 1-0 on Saturday.
this was the second successive big win for the police outfit, who also stunned Matlama with the same scoreline at Pitso Ground a fortnight ago.
Weekend results Saturday: Qoaling Highlanders 5-0 Lioli, Matlama 1-0 Sundawana, LMPS 1-0 LDF. Sunday: Bantu 1-0 nyenye Rovers, Likila United 1-1 LCS, Kick4life 1-2 Mphatlalatsane, Likhopo 1-0 Linare.
Matlama midfielder (left) Bokang Moiloa vies for the ball with Sundawana defender Tsoanyane Khau (file pic).