…as Bantu hammer Qoaling Highlanders 6-1 in Mafeteng
Likhopo and Kick4Life continued with their woeful start to the 2014/15 season as the two sides played to a 2-2 draw in a Vodacom Premier League match played at LCS Ground yesterday.
Bokang Mothoana and Seenyane Nthejane were on target for Likhopo, while Kick4Life’s goals came from Motlalepula Chabeli and Morapeli Lesoetsa.
Chabeli broke the deadlock through a spot-kick after Likhopo defender Tilane Tau, had handled the ball inside the penalty area 15 minutes into the match, before goalkeeper Thetsane Selo tripped Likhopo winger Makara Ntaitsana to concede yet another penalty.
Mothoana took the spot-kick to level matters for the Red Army, as Likhopo are affectionately known.
Likhopo could have gone to the halftime break leading 2-1 but Teboho Kele’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by fellow defender Ramatsoso Mopeli, in the 44th minute.
After the halftime break, Kick4Life threw everything into the match in search of their third win of the season, but Likhopo stood firm.
The Premiership rookies then introduced the attacking trio of Thabiso Brown, Morapeli Lesoetsa and Fidel Ntoya for Tokelo Majoro, Katleho Mabetha and Khosi Mafisa to add more pressure on the Likhopo defence.
The substitutions seemed to be working for the visiting side, with Brown looking more dangerous whenever in possession of the ball.
Likhopo also made a substitution, with Lehlomela Ramabele coming in for fellow striker Tšeliso Sejake.
Kick4Life were then caught on the counter by Likhopo speed-merchant Nthejane in the 80th minute and the hitman made no mistake as he swept the ball into an empty net.
However, Kick4Life were back in the match six minutes before the final whistle, thanks to some inspirational play from Brown.
The Kick4Life talisman played a neat one-two with Chabeli before finding Lesoetsa who placed his shot into the far corner of the Likhopo goal to beat goalkeeper Fusi Ranone and force a 2-2 finish.
In a post-match interview, Likhopo assistant coach, Tšeliso Mofolo said he was not that happy with the result.
“I am not happy that we did not win this match but I think we are getting there; we are getting better with every match. This rainy weather was not that good also and I think it is one of the factors that affected the match,” Mofolo said.
“We can’t worry about relegation now; it is too early but it is important for us to win our coming matches.”
Kick4Life general manager, Chris Bullock said a point was a fair result.
“Likhopo were very good and we committed some silly mistakes and got punished for it. A draw was a good result for us,” Bullock said.
Meanwhile, in other Premier League matches played yesterday, Bantu hammered Qoaling Highlanders 6-1 in Mafeteng, while Nyenye Rovers and Likila United played to a goalless draw in St Monica’s.