BANTU recovered from last weekend’s defeat by Lioli to register their first victory of the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season with a 3-0 rout of LDF yesterday.
A Matšo Matebele were winless from their opening two games after playing to a 1-1 draw with Sefotha-fotha in the first game before being edged 1-0 by Lioli last weekend.
However, the defending champions got their groove back against the army side that was also unbeaten before yesterday’s match.
Recent signing, Mkhwanazi Mkhwanazi, opened his account for the club scoring the first goal with a beautiful acrobatic kick from a corner on 14 minutes.
Lazolo Tjokojokwane extended the lead for James Madidilane’s side two minutes later.
Madidilane made several changes to his team with captain Thapelo Mokhehle the surprise omission from the starting line-up.
The match headed to the break with Bantu enjoying a comfortable lead which was nearly extended was it not for saves by Likano Mphuthi in goal for LDF.
A Matšo Matebele continued to dominate the game in the second half and enjoyed a lot of position in the midfield with the captain of the day, Lindokuhle Phungulwa in the thick of things for the defending champions.
It did not come as a surprise when Bantu scored their third against the run of play as Marabe showed individual brilliance to kill any hopes of LDF coming back into the game on 64 minutes.
LDF also had a good chance to get a consolation goal but Mojele Letsie, who recently returned to action after a long absence missed the target.
Marabe could also have netted his second of the day on the 75th minute but Mphuthi cleared his weak shot from the goal line.
Madidilane praised his side for showing character to bounce back after a difficult start to the new season.
“I’m happy that we are back to winning ways,” Madidilane said.
“We showed character against a normally tough side. We could have scored more goals but it was a good display from the boys after a difficult start to the new season.
“All that is important going forward is to remain consistent.”
On his part, LDF coach Motheo Mohapi was unimpressed by his charges’ perfomance but said they would go back to drawing board.
“We didn’t play well today and I don’t know what the problem was but we will go back to the drawing board,” Mohapi said.
The losing coach also registered dismay over the referees of the day.
“We don’t have to lose matches like this. The Bantu technical team were hurling insults at us and one would have thought they would be sent to the stands but it didn’t happen although the fourth official heard them.”
Elsewhere, Lioli handed Sefotha-fotha their first defeat of the season in the first of two matches at Setsoto Stadium.
Tse Nala now have two victories in a row since they were stunned by Kick4Life on the opening day.
Bob Mafoso’s side also drew nil all with LMPS at PTC ground.
Both teams are still unbeaten from their three opening games.