MASERU — Majantja and Maduma will meet in the final of the A Division Top 8 tournament this afternoon after the two clubs dispatched Melele and Liphakoe respectively in the semi-final matches played at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena yesterday.
Majantja beat newly promoted premier league side Melele 1-0 with Maduma shocking the tournament’s favourites Liphakoe on penalties with a 5-4 score-line.
Melele started the better of the two sides. However Majantja were the first to find the back of the net in the 38th minute of the match through a Khethise Masenyetsa header.
Melele coach, Kekeletso Lebeta, congratulated their opponents and said the best team on the day had won.
“They really gave us a tough time, but we also missed a lot of good goal scoring opportunities that we should have easily converted,” Lebeta said.
“They are the winners in the end and deserve to be congratulated.”
He said his team lost concentration towards the first half of the match when they conceded an easy goal.
“We should add experienced players into our squad as we prepare for top flight football next season,” said Lebeta.
Majantja mentor, Letsatsi Damane, agreed that his side did not perform well.
“We experienced a bad accident on the way to this match and I feel it affected the players mentally,” said Damane.
“We did not do well and I believe that my boys were affected mentally, but we still managed to win the match and booked a place in tomorrow’s final.”
Maduma coach, Sidwell Mothea, praised his team for beating Liphakoe to reach the final.
“The boys did very well against a team of Liphakoe’s calibre,” said Mothea.
“I told them to keep fighting until the final whistle and they did exactly that.”
He said their aim is to win the competition to make up for their failing to secure a return to the premier league.
The winners of the tournament will pocket M8 000 while the runner-ups will get M6 500 while the third and fourth placed teams will get M5 000 and M4 000 respectively. Four teams that went out in the quarterfinals will get M3 300 each.