By: Selengoane Lebaka
Matlama Football Club defeated Lesotho Mounted Police Service Football Club 1- 0 in a second match of the LNIG Top 8 quarter finals on Saturday at Setsoto stadium.
This match ended with question marks as a red carded player was substituted. According to the laws of the football once a player has shown a red card no substitution is allowed.
Matlama FC scored late in the second half to lead 1- 0 much to the delight of Mr Thabile Secker Matlama FC coach. The coach in trying to protect the lead substituted the already cautioned Sera Motebang who was eventually yellow carded for time wasting.
The referee together with the fourth official was not aware that the player received a second yellow card.
Matlama FC coach gave his opinion to the incident.
“We cannot backtrack from what happened but my players were following the referee’s instructions. Sera Motebane made way for Potloane Mabuthi”, he said.
The LMPS FC coach also voiced his interpretation on the matter.
“I am not happy with that red card substitution situation. We all know what measures to follow if found playing fowl to the laws of the game.
“We were cheated and it is unfortunate we were on the receiving end of the situation. The organizing committee must certainly take a thorough look into this matter”, said Mr Teele Nts’onyana.
Matlama FC coach Mr Thabile Secker conceded that his team won the match but not convincingly so. Matlama created a lot of chances and luckily converted that solitary goal.
Analysing a whole match, he accepted that LMPS FC were a better side. He said they created far more goal scoring chances but thankfully converted neither.
Matlama coach made a wholesale of changes in the first 11 which might have affected today’s game.
He further said,
“This win is very crucial heading into the second leg of this tie because we did not concede goals. This performance did not match how we prepared for the game.”
The LMPS FC coach was content with his team’s performance against a defending LNIG Top 8 champions. He praised their character and a fact that they were not just a walk in the park while also considering that they are a new team.
He made a few changes to his squad and defended his decision by saying everyone has to earn his spot in his team. There are no regulars so if a player is dropped from the starting 11, that player was not a fit for the match.
He explained that heading to the second leg will be difficult from his side because they have to strive for the win. Winning of course will be challenging as everyone has noticed in today’s game that LMPS FC created a lot of chances but did not convert any.
Speaking before the match the LMPS FC coach said,
“My team features in the LNIG competition after a long-term absence. It is a newly formed team, the players are still adapting to the system. As a result it is not ready to effectively challenge the big teams.
“Today we play against the defending champions but we have come to compete nevertheless, we want to win this game against all odds. I expect my players to be confident ahead of this game,” concluded Ntšonyana.