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Lioli humbled

Pascalinah Kabi

Lioli………… (0) 1
Bantu………. (1) 2

BEREA — Mafeteng glamour club, Bantu, had a field day yesterday when they thrashed former champions Lioli 2-1 in their own backyard in a pulsating league tie in Teyateyaneng. The hosts failed to come to the party from the start to the finish while their visitors dominated the game in front of about 500 supporters who included Justice Minister Haee Phoofolo.
Lioli were using the game to officially launch their new projects, the touchline field advertising as well as Lioli online television. Bantu meant business right from the start with Matso Matebele testing Lioli goalkeeper, Liteboho Mokhehle, several times in the early stages.
It was no surprise when Bantu surged forward through a well taken goal by Lit?epe Marabe in the 30th minute. Marabe’s goal appeared to catch Lioli players and their goalkeeper napping. It torched wild celebrations in the Bantu camp. In the 27th minute, Bantu midfielder Lekhanya Lekhanya had pumped a thunderous drive that Mokhehle pummelled to safety.
Two minutes later, Bantu were at it again when they missed an open goal. But a minute later Marabe was in the right place at the right time to give Bantu the lead.
In the 56th minute, Lekhanya increased Bantu’s lead when he scored to give his side a healthy 2-0 lead.
Lioli however pulled a goal back when star player, Bushy Moletsane, was fouled in the penalty box. Referee Mohau Sentso had no hesitation but to point to the spot.
And up stepped former Under-20 star, Montoeli Sonopo, who drove the penalty home.
But the goal was too little too late for Lioli. Lioli coach, Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, was a disappointed man after the final whistle.
“At times we blame it on mental aspects. “We however can never be accurate on that one but it was never a technical problem,” Thotanyana said. “This was of cause a big disappointment to us, the supporters and the committee as it was an important game for the team,” he said.
He said his players were technically “harassed” by their visitors from the start to the finish. “We lost the ball easily and Bantu players were harassing us. “They were quick to the ball whilst we were relaxed and didn’t show any urgency throughout the game,” he said.
He said yesterday’s poor show was a continuation of the club’s poor form over the last couple of matches. “We started on a low note even last weekend and the same thing happened again today. This must be a wake-up call for us and we have to come out of the cocoon before it’s too late,” he said.
Bantu coach, Caswell Moru, said he was not surprised by his players’ performance.
“There was no element of surprise in our winning as we had prepared for this game very well,” Moru said. “There were more positives than negatives today but we seriously need to eliminate the negatives as we are not yet where we want to be as a team,” he said.
Moru said Bantu are a big team and need to start going on a winning streak sooner than later.

Yesterday’s results:

LCS 3 – 0 Nyenye Rovers
Joy 1 – 0 Likhopo
Linare 0 – 0 LDF

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