Maseru (TNS) – The tightly contested top of the table clash in the Econet Premier League (EPL) saw log leaders, Bantu FC massacre their bitter rivals, Lioli 4-1 at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
The victory over Lioli put Bantu on 48 points, seven points clear of title challengers Lioli, who are occupying the second spot with 41 points.
Bantu came to the Sunday fixture very prepared and with one mission on their mind – to win and ensure that their title aspirations are not jeopardised. The James Madidilane charges dominated the match from the onset, in search for an early goal.
Bantu’s determination and dedication paid off in the second minute when sensational winger, Maloisane “Chuku” Ramasimong put Bantu ahead. The goal aroused their appetite for more goals.
The match progressed with both teams trying to catch each other on the counter attack until Litsépe Marabe converted beautifully from a free kick in the 23rd minute to double the score for Bantu. Before the break, it was Hlompho Kalake of Bantu who ensured his team goes for the recess with a three-goal advantage.
Immediately after half time; Lioli the striker, Tebelo Mofokeng grabbed a consolation for the Teyateyaneng outfit, but Bantu’s star man, Ramasimong doubled his tally to make the score 4-1.
“I am very happy that my team won today. We were desperate for this win as we wanted to maintain our lead in the premiership race. We knew that Lioli would come hard on us and for that, we told ourselves not to panic and play our normal football. We did exactly that,” said the Bantu coach.
“My charges played according to the instructions and I wish if we could play each game like this. I am sure the focus is now on our next match against Majantja. We must see to it that we collect three points from that match.”
For his part, Lioli coach Morena Ramorebodi said he was disappointed that his side lost. He said he personally wanted to win the match to put smiles on the supporters’ faces, but unfortunately, it was not to be.
“I think sometimes things like these do happen in football. One sometimes loses matches that he is not supposed to lose. I think we lost against the team that was not technically better than us. It’s just that they took their chances and they won today,” Ramorebodi said.
“I personally wanted to win this one for the supporters, but unfortunately today was not our day. We played very well, but it was disappointing to concede two goals from set pieces. But I am sure that we will work on that and try to correct it.”