Win­ning start for Bantu

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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