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Khutlang’s double sinks mighty Angola

Pascalinah Kabi

Lesotho …………….. (2) 0
Angola ……………… (0) 0

LUSAKA — Striker Tumelo Khutlang powered Lesotho to an impressive 2-0 victory over defending Supreme Council of Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone VI champions Angola yesterday. Khutlang opened his account when he beat Angola goalkeeper, Antonio Tombe Kinzenga, in the eighth minute at the Sunset Stadium in Lusaka. Khutlang was at it again when he brilliantly scored his second in the 24th minute much to the joy of coach, Bishop Molatoli. Khutlang’s joy was short-lived though after he was rushed to hospital after the match complaining of blurred vision.

“Honestly speaking I was not expecting a win against Angola as they are the strongest in our group,” Molatoli told the Sunday Express. “For me drawing against Angola was enough as they are the defending champions and we did not have any time to prepare for these games.” He said his charges’ consistent complaint about cramps was a clear indication of lack of match fitness. “The players experienced so many cramps throughout the game and didn’t come to the party at all in the second half but we are happy for the boys because they really surprised us all,” he said. He said they will need to go into today’s match against Mauritius cautious because of lack of match fitness. “There is nothing much we can do about this problem because they will need to rest and be massaged tonight (last night)
as we are playing again tomorrow (today).”

Angola coach, Manvel Costa, was not impressed with his charges’ performance. “My team didn’t play good football at all and I don’t know why,” Costa said. “The preparations for these games have been very difficult as the games are very compressed and we don’t have much time to practice in between the matches,” he said.

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