Bantu close gap on Lioli
The easter weekend worked wonders for Bantu as the Mafeteng-based outfit managed to cut Lioli’s lead at the top of the 14-team Vodacom Premier League table to just three points with three matches to go before the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
While the two giants’ top-of-the-table clash ended in a one-all stalemate on Friday last week at Leshobosho Stadium, Bantu subsequently capitalised on Lioli’s goalless draw against Mphatlatsane in St Monica’s three days later.
A Matšo Matebele, on the other hand, edged inconsistent Matlama 1-0, also at Leshobosho Stadium — thanks to Lazola Tjokotjpokoane’s wonder strike. The two results saw Bantu further cut Lioli’s lead to three points — an amazing run for a team which, a few weeks ago, was a distant eight points behind Tse Nala.
In other premier league matches played on Monday, Kick4life boosted their chances of survival with a 3-0 win over Nyenye Rovers. The massive loss put the Maputsoe-based team back in the relegation dogfight, and are now third from bottom on the 14-team premiership table.
Sundawana also did themselves a great favour and enhanced their chances of finishing the season among the top 8 teams in the league with a 1-0 win over Linare.
After the hard-fought win, Sundawana leapfrogged Linare into eighth position.
A double header held at LCS Ground, also on Monday, failed to produce any goals, with the Likhopo-versus-lmps tie and LCS/LDF tie both ending 0-0.
League rookies, Likila United, also boosted their top 8 finish chances with a 4-0 win over the already relegated Qoaling Highlanders.
The Butha-buthe outfit have collected 35 points in their first season of topflight football and are in seventh position. Monday’s league results at a glance Mphatlalatsane 0-0 Lioli, Bantu 1-0 Matlama, Likila United 4-0 Qoaling Highlanders, Likhopo 0-0 LMPS, LCS 0-0 LDF, Linare 0-1Sundawana, Nyenye Rovers 0-3 Kick4life.
Lioli defender Kopano Tseka (left) and Bantu forward Nzenze Nkulu race for the ball in Friday’s premier league tie.