By: Selengoane Lebaka
A resolute Lesotho Mounted Police Service Football Club beat Bantu Football Club 2-1 in the Econet Premier League through set pieces last Saturday.
Within the first quarter of the game LMPS FC drew first blood when a deadly set piece taker Tanki Polokoane squared a corner which Nkau Lerotholi headed in. Bantu scored late in the first half to take the game into halftime a goal apiece.
In the second half LMPS FC came out guns blazing and were awarded a free kick which Polokoane scored, but was controversially disallowed after the referee pointed to the center as indication of a goal.
Shortly after that LMPS converted another goal from a corner and the game went on to finish 2-1 to LMPS FC.
Mr Teele Nt’sonyana, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service coach was extremely happy with his players and said,
“I am very happy because my players gave themselves all out today. I am more content because the players implemented my tactics exceptionally well.
The plan was to play with two strikers to keep the Bantu defenders busy in their own half.”
LMPS FC used the International break as an added advantage, hence the team was able to fully work on the tactics. This was seen during the game whereby LMPS FC changed tactics several times, so the international break was a significant advantage.
Nt’sonyana stated that every game left is important, hence will be treated like a final but winning against Bantu FC was a bonus.
He motivated his players by saying they could win against Bantu FC but the ball is in their court so winning or losing this game was totally up to them. He shared his vision for the LMPS FC to move from being an ordinary team to a competing team.
Mr James Madidilane, Bantu FC coach understands his team is still in the Econet Premier League Championship title chase mathematically. Madidilane admitted that winning the league will be even more difficult after losing to LMPS FC, especially with the five points deficit to Matlama FC.
With six matches to go coupled with a decider against Matlama FC he proved that no one must rule Bantu FC out.
“Bantu has to focus on winning its games instead of praying that Matlama FC slips up in its remaining games. Should Matlama FC win all its games, it will have deserved it more but if they slip up, then Bantu will not miss a chance once more but we have to be optimistic.” He said.
Football is unpredictable, sometimes you win sometimes you lose and Bantu FC lost today this is to say there is no invincible team. Madidilane further justified his substitution of Litsepe Marabe just before halftime as tactical.
Marabe was losing most of the balls so he had to bring someone to do a better job in Neo Mokhachane.
Polokoane went from hero to zero when he was shown a straight red card for hitting a Bantu FC player with a ball in the face.
Nts’onyana commented on the incident and said,
“I am a coach that does not tolerate such a behavior from my players, I am very angry to an extent that I did not shake his hand when he was shown his marching orders. He is a law officer so I expect of him to lead by example.”