Bantu yesterday hammered Qoaling Highlanders 3-0 in an action-packed Premier League tie played at the LCS Ground, to end their season in style.
The Mafeteng-based side had already won the Premier League title going into yesterday’s tie.
A Matšo Matebele, as Bantu are affectionately known, took the lead through defender Thabo Masualle in the 5th minute, before midfielder Mosiuoa Boseka scored a brace in the 30th and 87th minute, to seal the emphatic win.
The match started at a frantic pace, with both sides playing attacking football but it was Bantu who broke the deadlock when Masualle headed home a well-taken cross by Hopolang Mohlalefi.
However, Highlanders did not sit back after the goal, and never showed any respect for Bantu, as they fought for the equaliser.
Poor decision-making in the last third of the pitch by the striking partners of Tšoeu Mosolla and Mosala Sesinyi, however, always let Highlanders down.
Boseka extended the Bantu lead on the half-hour mark with a well-taken set-piece 15 metres from the penalty box, after Mohlalefi had been brought down by Highlanders defender, Kaizer Maqekoane.
After the break, Highlanders were the better side but still could not find the much-needed goals.
Highlanders then introduced Liau Liporo, Matšosa Phaloli and Moeketsi Damane for Mosala Sesinyi, Thato Ramakoae and Maqekoane in an effort to find the elusive goals but to no avail.
On the other hand, Bantu benched Liteboho Mokhesi and Hopolang Mohlalefi for Pule Akhente and Thabiso Phakisi.
And against run of play, the left-footed Boseka was as it again after intercepting a Highlanders pass just outside the box.
The linkman took on two opponents before placing the ball beyond Highlanders keeper, Makhetha Thakeli.
In a post-match interview, Bantu coach Motlatsi Shale hailed his players for the commitment they showed throughout the season, which led to the club’s first Premier League title.
“I am happy that we completed our season with a win after we played badly in our last two matches where we lost and drew against Likhopo and Joy, respectively. But I am also delighted with the commitment the players have shown throughout the season and finally, we have reaped the results,” Shale said.
Bantu captain, Tlali Maile thanked the team’s supporters for their loyalty.
“I am very happy that we are finally being crowned Premier League champions; it is a dream come true for all of us. On behalf of the team, I would like to pass my sincere thanks to our supporters who were with us during the good and hard times; we could have not made it without them,” Maile said.
Highlanders coach, Wright Mofoka, on the other hand, expressed disappointment with yesterday’s result.
“We played well but committed silly mistakes that led to those three goals, which nearly derailed our ambitions for a Top 8 finish,” Mofoka said.
In other Premier League matches played yesterday, LMPS held Linare to a goalless draw in Hlotse, Melele also shared the spoils with Nyenye Rovers after a 0-0 draw, while Lioli beat Mpharane Celtics by 2-0 in Hlotse.