Bantu, LCS face-off in fi­nal

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Moorosi Tsiane

FOUR time In­de­pen­dence Top4 cham­pi­ons, Bantu and LCS will bring Maseru to a stand­still when they face-off for the M200 000 first prize in the fi­nal at Set­soto Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

A Matšo Mate­bele were the first to book their spot in the fi­nal by dis­miss­ing Kick­4Life 2-1 cour­tesy of goals from Tsi­etsi Motšeare and Litšepe Marabe. Kic4Life got their con­so­la­tion through sec­ond half sub­sti­tute, Tšiu Moorosi.

The sec­ond semi­fi­nal be­tween last year’s win­ners, Li­oli and LCS had to be de­cided on penal­ties af­ter a goal­less stale­mate in nor­mal time. LCS sub­se­quently out­gunned Li­oli 5-3.

The run­ners-up will pocket M100 000 with the third and fourth-placed teams get­ting M70 000 and M50 000 re­spec­tively.

Bantu coach, James Ma­didi­lane, was not pleased with his charges’ per­for­mance de­spite the win.

“We didn’t have a good game be­cause we failed to play ac­cord­ing to our plan de­spite the win,” Ma­didi­lane said, adding, “But it’s now wa­ter un­der the bridge and we have to plan for the fi­nal”.

“They ( LCS) are a very strong and or­gan­ised team and they al­ways gives us a tough time. The match will be a test to see whether we are ready for the CAF Cham­pi­ons League and to de­fend our league ti­tle.”

In his post-match in­ter­view, LCS coach Mpitsa Marai said he was im­pressed with his play­ers’ per­for­mance against Li­oli, adding, they would face Bantu with their heads high as they sought to end their six year-tro­phy drought.

“It was a tac­ti­cal game and I am happy with how we played al­though we failed to score within 90 min­utes. But it is not yet over be­cause we are still to play one of the tough­est op­po­nents.

“The match will not be an easy one but we have to win to end our tro­phy drought,” the for­mer Likuena de­fender said.

“A fi­nal is a mo­ti­va­tion in it­self and it pushes every player. We only have to help our play­ers to re­cover from to­day’s match. Every­one is hungry for sil­ver­ware so the play­ers will have to work hard.

“We need to avoid put­ting the play­ers un­der too much pres­sure and most im­por­tantly, we have to make sure we don’t let to­day’s win get to their heads.

“We just need to switch on our minds and be ready for the game.”

Li­oli and Kick­4Life will clash in the third and fourth place play-off 1pm. The fi­nal will fol­low there­after.

BANTU de­fender Itume­leng Fa­lene (left) streaks away from Kick­4Life’s Bo­nang Mo­hapi in yes­ter­day’s Top4 quar­ter fi­nal match played at Set­soto Sta­dium.

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