Winning start for Bantu
BANTU gave new coach James Madidilane a winning start to the Vodacom Premier League (VPL) season on Sunday by beating Rovers 3-1 at Setsoto Stadium.
A Matšo Matebele managed to breach the Dynamites defence thanks to goals from Ramasimong Moloisane, Hlompho Kalake and Tsietsi Khooa.
The win puts Bantu at the summit of the VPL log on goal difference.
Matlama also cruised to victory away to rookies Butha Buthe Warriors courtesy of two goals from Jane Thaba-ntšo and Letuka Mosehlenyane.
The win was a huge morale boost for Moses Maliehe’s charges ahead of the gruelling premiership campaign, after bumpy pre-season preparations.
Tse Putsoa ended the 2015/16 season on a high note and are expected to compete for honours after adding to their squad experienced campaigners such as former Linare goalkeeper Dyke Tšiu.
In Quthing, Liphakoe clinched the biggest upset of the weekend’s fixtures with a 1-0 triumph over LCS.
The correctional service side are touted as one of the favourites to win the league title after finishing the last campaign in third position and winning the pre-season Alliance Winter Challenge at the expense of Matlama and Lioli.
Premiership newcomers, Sky Battalion, also caused an upset on Sunday by beating Linare 1-0 at Maputsoe Difa ground.
The other match played on Sunday saw LDF and Sundawana play-out a goalless draw at Ratjomose Barracks.
On Saturday, defending champions Lioli were humbled by LMPS thanks to a solitary goal by Tefa Makhoana.
The match was coach, Mosito Matela’s first game in charge of the police side.
Tse Nala’s preparations for the new season had been left in disarray after coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu stepped down because of a new requirement for premier league coaches to have at least a B coaching licence.
In other matches played on Saturday, Kick4life launched their league campaign with a moraleboosting 2-0 triumph over Likhopo in a match played at LCS Ground.
Fidel Ntoya registered the first brace of the 2016/17 season to prove his importance to the Leslie Notši-coached side that continues to grow from strength to strength.
Weekend results: Saturday Lioli 0-1 LMPS Kick4life 2-0 Likhopo Sunday Butha Buthe Warriors 1-2 Matlama LDF 1-1 Sundawana Bantu 3-1 Rovers Linare 0-1 Sky Battalion Liphakoe 1-0 LCS
Bantu coach James Madidilani (standing right) and assistant coach Bob Mabena during a warm-up session.