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Bantu hammer Sundawana


…as Linare lose again

Moorosi Tsiane

A hat-trick from Mokone Marabe and a goal apiece from Litšepe Marabe and Teboho ‘Molotsi saw Bantu beat Sundawana 5-1 in an exciting Premier League match played at Seeiso Leshoboro Stadium in Mafeteng yesterday.

A Matšo Matebele, as Bantu are affectionately known, beat Kick4Life 2-1 in their league-opener, and edged Likhopo 1-0 in the second tie of the season.

But after struggling for form in the first two matches, Bantu ran riot yesterday, and were particularly dominant in the middle of the park where Mosiuoa Boseeka and Tšoloane Mosakeng were reigning supreme.

Winger Mokone Marabe opened the floodgates in the 14th minute, when he complemented a defence-splitting pass from midfielder Boseekas.

Marabe was on the score-sheet again in the 25th minute when he blasted home from the spot after he was fouled in the penalty area by Sundawana defender, Johannes Molapo.

Striker Lazola Tjokotjokoane was causing havoc for the visiting side’s shaky defence but luck was not on his side on the day, otherwise he would have scored an avalanche of goals yesterday.

After the match went to the half-time break with Bantu leading 2-0, things went from bad to worse for Sundawana in the second stanza as A Matšo Matebele were rampant from the first blow of the whistle.

Marabe grabbed his third goal of the day in the 68th minute, while Litšepe followed in his brother’s footsteps when he swept in Bantu’s fourth goal after the home side had caught Sundawana on the counter-attack.

The Butha-Buthe-based Sundawana were punished again on the counter by second-half substitute Teboho ‘Molotsi, who completed the rout one minute before the final whistle, to cap a classy display by Motlatsi Shale’s charges.

However, Sundawana found a consolation goal in added time through striker Rethabile  Rasethuntša.

In post-match interviews, Bantu coach Shale hailed his side for the outstanding performance.

“We played outstanding football today; the players did very well and I am happy with the result. This win is ideal motivation for us because we would like to retain our league championship,” Shale said.

On his part, Sundawana coach, Moses Maliehe, said he was very disappointed with the result.

“We did not play well at all; the players lacked confidence and our backline was very poor,” Maliehe said.

Meanwhile, in other Premier League matches played yesterday, Mphatlalatsane beat Nyenye Rovers 1-0 in St Monica’s, while LDF maintained their winning run with a 1-0 win over Linare in Hlotse. This was Linare’s third loss in a row after going down 2-0 to Matlama a fortnight ago, and 2-1 against Likila United the previous weekend.

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