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Sefothafotha halt Matlama

Moorosi Tsiane

SEFOTHAFOTHA continued to cause trouble for the big sides in the Econet Premier League as they held Matlama to a one-all stalemate at PTC Ground yesterday.

This comes after the Mabote outfit last weekend also held the defending league champions Bantu by a similar score line at Ratjomose Ground last weekend.

Tse Putsoa on the other hand came into the match beaming with confidence following their 0-4 win against Linare at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.

The match started on a low pace and it took both teams 23 minutes to make the first dangerous attempt at goal with Sefothafotha’s long range cracker from Ntoa Mphale which was stopped by the upright.

Matlama were struggling to connect and it was clear they were missing the services of the likes of Teboho Lillane and Phafa Tšosane in the middle of the park who were absent on the day.

However, Tse Putsoa came close to getting a goal on the 32nd minute after Lebajoa Mosehlenyane crossed the ball from the right wing into the box finding Moteloa Khemisi unmarked who his effort went wide.

It was still goalless draw when the match went for the break.

The home side were the first to make a substitute in 56th minute with injured Moalosi Makhetha coming out for Teboho Mokoma.

Two minutes later Matlama followed suit introducing Reitumetsi Linkoane for struggling Katleho Moleko.

Matlama were once again in attack in on 59 minutes and this time around goalkeeper, Seqao Maeeane saved the day for the home side as he parried a cleverly taken Rethabile Mokokoane set piece.

It was now a one way game with Matlama pilling pressure on the minnows and on the hour mark Lisema Lebokollane squandered a chance to put the visitors in front as he headed wide inside six yards from a Mosehlenyane corner.

Sefothafotha made their second substitute to contain Matlama and introduced Teboho Lebitsa for Motlalepula Nqabe on the 68th minute.

Five minutes later Matlama once again came close to scoring but Mabuti Potloane was denied by the cross bar.

Matlama’s efforts finally paid off on 75 minutes as Mokokoane placed the ball in the far corner from a set piece just outside the penalty arch and sent the fans into ecstasy.

Sefothafotha immediately started pressing and Matlama goalkeeper Monaheng Ramalefane produced double saves on the 82nd and 83rd minutes from Tanki Seoli from a set piece and a volley that followed shortly.

A lapse in concentration cost Matlama the three points as Relebohile Mosebo sneaked in catching the Matlama defence napping and finished off Seoli’s set piece with a knee on the 90th minute to level the matters for the home side.

Matlama coach, Thabile Secker said he was disappointed after the match and bemoaned the absence of his regulars who could not play due to different issues.

“I am not really satisfied with how we played and it was obvious that some of our players were not around and it was for reasons beyond my control so there was really nothing that I could do,” Secker said.

“We still tried to play with the available players and we will take this one point and build on from it going into our next match.”

Sefothafotha coach, Bafokeng Mohapi was also unhappy with how his charges played.

“We did not play well compared to how we played last weekend against Bantu. We failed to create many goal scoring chances today,” Mohapi said.

Mohapi was however quick to point that getting a point against Matlama was a fair result for them.

“A draw is not a bad result against Matlama and I think it will also be a motivation to our players going into other matches now that we have held both Bantu and Matlama,” Mohapi said.

Elsewhere, Linare added on to Likhopo’s troubles beating them 3-2 before Swallows got the better of Liphakoe edging them 1-0 to complete a double header played at LCS Ground.

Galaxy suffered a 1-3 loss against LCS at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.

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