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LDF gun down rookies

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LDF…(1) 2


Ratjomose Ground

Mokoenanyane Moahloli and Mojela Letsie   were on target yesterday as 10-man Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) beat rookies Kick4Life 2-0 at Ratjomose Ground to remain top of the 14-team Premiership table.

The win saw LDF maintain their six-match unbeaten run in the 2014/15 Vodacom Premier League season, with one draw and five wins on the trot.

Kick4Life started yesterday’s tie dominating possession, with midfield-anchor, Adele Ntoya-Malanga, in sparkling form .

However, it was striker Moahloli, who broke the deadlock for the home side four minutes before the half-time break, as he nodded the ball past Kick4Life goalkeeper Dumane Lethakha.

After the break, LDF came back the stronger side, but were dealt a body blow after defensive rock, Mokoena Moahloli, was sent off in the 65th minute after being shown a second yellow card.

But two minutes later, striker Letsie extended Sohle-Sohle’s lead with a simple tap-in off Koporale Motanyane’s set-piece.

Kick4Life tried desperately to claw back into the game, but even the introduction of highly-rated  striker Thabiso Brown for Khosi Mafisa, and later on winger Thetsane Lesia and defender, Tumelo Sethuntša for Tšitso Molotsi and Kabelo Salomane, could not turn the tide for the Premier League newcomers.

And to ensure they protected their lead, LDF substituted defender Letuma Tšepiso and brought in Motlatsi Letsoisa before winger, Paseka Lebata came in for Tšeliso Phera.

In post-match interviews, LDF coach, Malefetsane Pheko hailed his team’s performance, but also urged caution going forward.

“We have been playing good football of late, and this is our fifth win in a row. All this is the  result of all-round support from everyone involved with this team,” Pheko said

“I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on my players by talking about winning the league title, because we would want to take each match as it comes, but ensure we get maximum points all the time.”

Kick4Life general manager, Chris Bullock, on his part, said the best team had lost the match.

“We were the better side in this match, but luck was simply not on our side. We created many chances but failed to convert them into goals,” Bullock said

“It is too early to press the panic button and start thinking of relegation. The spirit is still high among the players, and we are confident that we will survive and won’t be relegated come end of the season.”

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