Bantu close gap on Li­oli

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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