A LATE strike from LDF’s Mojela Letsie cancelled Lazola Tjokojokwana’s goal and in the process halted Bantu’s winning streak as the champions were held to a 1-all draw in yesterday’s Econet Premier League match played at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.
Bantu also conceded their first goal this season in league matches after five matches.
Sohle-Sohle started the match on a positive note and matched Bantu in all departments. They could have found an opener within 10 minutes but were twice let down by midfielder, Koetle Mohloai, who shot off target on the sixth and ninth minutes respectively.
Bantu also came close on the 11th minute but Hlompho Kalake’s effort went narrowly wide from just outside the penalty area.
It was end to end stuff as LDF also asked questions of the Bantu defence and on 20 minutes Bantu goalkeeper Thabo Sedisa easily dealt with Thabo Mongali’s shot.
Bantu responded with a raid of their own when Kalake exchanged passes with Maloisane Ramasimong before the former released Ramasimong who shot wide despite being unmarked outside the penalty arch.
LDF shored up their midfield by bringing in Letlatsa Moshoeshoe for the struggling Moloi Morena in the 39th minute.
Moshoeshoe brought stability and enabled the army side to build their play from the midfield.
LDF could have found the lead a minute before the half time break after winger Tometsi Tankiso dispossessed Itumeleng Falene and crossed for Thabang Rabi who headed over.
Bantu returned the better side from the breather and came close to scoring after a neat exchange between Mokone Marabe and Kalake. Kalake shot straight at the goalkeeper, Likano Mphuthi.
Marabe made way for Tsebang Lebata on 52 minutes and 11 minutes later, Bantu brought in Tjokotjokwana for Tsietsi Motseare.
Three minutes later LDF made another change bringing in Letsie for Thabo Mongali.
Bantu finally broke the deadlock with a team goal involving Marabe and Lebata who found Tjokotjokwana unmarked inside the penalty area.
The towering striker composed himself, beat the goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net.
The goal did not dampen LDF’s resolve but they struggled to break down the Bantu rear-guard.
Bantu were five minutes away from their fifth successive win when Sedisa parried Toloane’s shot into the path of Letsie.
The veteran striker skinned the goalkeeper and easily buried the ball in the net to steal an away point for his side.
Bantu coach James Madidilane was a disappointed man after the match, particularly with the officiating by referee, Osias Koto. but said they regroup ahead of their next match.
“I am very disappointed with this result not because we played badly but because of the refereeing,” Madidilane said, adding, “But then it was one of those games and we will have to regroup”.
“It is too early day to press the panic buttons.”
For his part, LDF coach, Motheo Mohapi, was happy with his charges’ performance but said there was still a long way to go.
“We are better than what we have been recently and I am happy with how we played today although there is still room for improvement.
“They showed character today and this result is very important for us,” Mohapi said.
The opener between Sandawana and Kick4Life failed to take place as the Butha-Buthe outfit failed to show up for the game.
Elsewhere, Likhopo registered their first win when they beat struggling Sky Battalion 1-0 at LCS Ground.