MASERU — Likhopo Football Club were yesterday held to a nil-all draw by LCS in the first Vodacom Premier League match of the season played at Bambata Tsita in Maseru.
LCS played most of the second half with nine men after two of their players were red-carded for foul play.
Likhopo failed to take advantage of their numerical supremacy and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
LCS defender Poloko Mohale was given his marching orders in the 68th minute for a second bookable offence after hacking down Likhopo midfielder Thabiso Mohapi.
Mohale had earlier on received his first yellow card for bringing down winger Mojalefa Tsoeu in the 62nd minute of the game.
In the 77th minute, LCS were further reduced to nine men when captain Sesinyi Khoto was given a straight red for talking himself into the referee’s notebook.
Likhopo however failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage, fluffing chance after chance.
A disappointed Likhopo coach Motlatsi Shale blamed the stalemate on failure by his charges of take control of the game and utilise chances that came their way.
“Today’s results were not supposed to be like this because we were at an advantage by having two more players,” Shale said.
“The players put themselves under unnecessary pressure. They needed to relax and open wide spaces in order for them to score goals.”
LCS assistant coach Mosholi Mokhothu said his charges were not psychologically ready for the season’s opener.
“Our players still have psychological problems to deal with and they seriously need counselling for them to start producing results,” Mokhothu said.
“I would have wanted to begin the league with a win but there is still room for improvement.”