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Matlama held to goalless draw

Moorosi Tsiane


MASERU — Matlama and LDF played to a goalless draw in a dull premier league match also affected by the windy weather played at Pitso Ground yesterday.

Tse Putsoa came to this match having recorded an impressive five successive victories from their opening matches and could not add their sixth win as they were frustrated by the hard working LDF side.

Matlama, who are known for the good football passing, failed to play their normal game and could not find their way through the disciplined army outfit.

Winger, Jane Thabantšo, nearly scored the opening goal of the match on the 48th minute as his powerful hit the cross bar to deny the host the opening goal of the match.

Tse Putsoa, as Matlama are affectionately known seemed to be finding their groove after the introduction of the midfield duo of Pali Tšalong and Motlatsi Rapita who brought a lot of energy into the team.

The talented Tšalong combined well with stalwart, Phafa Tšosane, with the home team attempting to break the deadlock.

The midfielder maestro managed to get the best of LDF goalkeeper, Likano Mphuthi, who made a good save to deny Matlama a goal.

LDF did not sit back and were also searching for a goal that would hand Matlama their first defeat since the season started.

LDF striker, Mojela Letsie, squandered a good goal scoring chance as he ballooned the ball over the goals following a good interchange of passes.

The two teams have had a great start to the campaign and are among a few sides yet to lose.

Lioli, who play Mphatlatsane in today’s premier league matches, could go back to the top of the table with a win.

Matlama mentor, Lehlohonolo Mokhele, told this paper during the post match interviews that he was not happy with the way his team played.

“We tried to play our normal passing game, but it was too windy for the players to get it right,” Mokhele said.

“I feel that the wind worked against us and could not play our usual style of play.

He said they will put the disappointing result behind them and focus on their next match.

LDF coach, Motheo Mohapi, also said he was not impressed with the way his charges played.

“I am not happy with the way we played. We dominated the game in the first half, but could not get it right in the last third of the pitch,” Mohapi said.

He said the wind also had an effect in his team’s lacklustre performance.

Elsewhere, the newly crowned Independence Top4 winners, Bantu, continued with their fine form under the mentorship of Motlatsi Shale with a 1-0 over Melele in a match played in Qacha’s Nek.

The Mafeteng-based team are enjoying a good run and have not lost since Shale took over just before the season started.

LCS also played a goalless draw against LMPS as the two teams continue to struggle to score goals early in the season.

Likhopo will also be disappointed after Nyenye Rovers managed to hold them to a draw having come from behind to force a two-all draw.

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