By: Lilemo Matlotlo
Bantu Football Club “A Mats’o Matebele” has beaten Matlama FC “Tseputsoa” 2-1 in overcrowded Setsoto stadium yesterday on Saturday in the Econet Premier League clash.
The victory marked Bantu’s three streak wins over Matlama within one season.
There were not much of goal scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the first half as two sides started with a low tempo.
Bantu nearly scored in the 15th minute of the opening half, following their build-up count attack which saw Litšepe Marabe’s shot going straight to Matlama’s goalkeeper.
Lehlohonolo Fothoane who was booked made way for Mokone Marabe just before the break.
In few minutes later, Bantu FC broke a deadlock after Mokone had snapped header on the cross ball which came in, as a corner but his brother Litšepe was in a better position to finish it off.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Bantu was caught in a count attack and Jane Thabantšo picked unmarked Phafa Tšosane who scored in an open net.
Tse Putsoa could have doubled their score after Bantu’s goalkeeper Ntsane Lichaba’s failure to clear the ball, but Lehlomela Ramabele took a snap shot which was cleared away.
Just a minute later, A Matšo Matebele was awarded a corner kick and Lindokuhle Phungulwa didn’t make a mistake, he headed in.
In the closing stage of the game Matlama supporters were out of control they threw some beer-tins inside the pitch, following referee’s call for offside to Phafa who was in the better position to level matters for Tse Putsoa.
In an interview with our publication, Bantu’s head coach Mr. James Madidilane said he is happy on how his team performed.
He added that they will attempt to win their remaining games in order to defend their league title if Matlama fails to win theirs.
Meanwhile, Matlama’s head coach Mr. Thabile Secker said his side played well although Bantu was able to capitalize on their mistakes.
Secker concluded that his side still has opportunity to win the league title as they are log leaders.
Matlama FC is leading Econet Premier League standings with 56 points and two games to go. Meanwhile, Bantu FC is sitting on second position with 54 points and two games remaining.
Bantu will face their rivals Lioli FC “Tse Nala” in their next encounter, in the highly anticipated clash.