Bantu take advantage of Lioli slip-up

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Bantu midfielder Thabiso Mohapi controll the ball as Matlama striker Motebang Sera close in

. . . as A Matšo Matebele regain top spot

Mikia Kalati

GOALS from Lazola Tjokojokoane and Thapelo Mokhehle in Monday’s Vodacom Premier League match at Setsoto Stadium handed Bantu a 2-0 victory over Liphakoe as well as the initiative in the race for the league title.

A Matšo Matebele took full advantage of defending champions Lioli’s slip-up a day earlier as Tse Nala were held to a goalless draw by LCS.

James Madidilane’s side now lead the 14-team Vodacom Premier League with 53 points after 23 games.

Lioli dropped to second, with 51 points from 23 games and both teams are left with three games.

The Teyateyaneng side have won back to back league titles over the last two seasons while Bantu last won the championship three seasons ago.

Elsewhere on Monday, Kick4Life consolidated third place with a 1-0 win over LMPS at PTC Ground.

Thabiso Brown scored the only match of the game to set Leslie Notši’s side on course for their biggest achievement in their third season of top flight football.

Kick4Life have amassed 44 points from 23 games.

Meanwhile, the 2016/17 season surprise packages Sky Battalion completed a double over Matlama on Monday courtesy of a solitary strike by Bokang Mohapi.

The rookies beat Matlama 3-1 in the reverse fixture and they are on course for a historic top 4 finish in their first season of top flight football.

Sky Battalion are now fourth, thanks to superior goal difference over LCS. Both teams have 38 points in the bag.

Rovers did themselves a huge favour in the relegation dogfight coming from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with Sandawana in Maputsoe.

The Dynamites are 12th with 15 points, a point above fellow strugglers Likhopo.

For Sandawana, the draw against Rovers means that Spaniard Antonio Jesus Flores is yet to win a match since joining the club in January.

The Butha Buthe based outfit are 9th with 28 points from 23 games.

Former champions, Likhopo also kept alive their survival hopes after a 1-1 draw with Linare.

Nzenze Nkulu struck late in the game to deny Likhopo the much needed three points.

Linare are unbeaten in five matches since the appointment of Teele Ntšoanyana as coach.

They are 10th with 28 points and as they continue fighting for a top 8 finish.

 

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