MASERU (TNS) – The Econet Premier League leaders, Bantu FC were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Sefotha-fotha during a league tie played at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Ground on Sunday.
Despite the stalemate, Bantu remain top with 30 points from 13 games. And the Mabote outfit, Sefotha-fotha on the other side are at the number 11 with 14 points.
Bantu were in the better side after settling down quickly and they were enjoying a higher percentage of the ball possession; but that was not enough to threaten Sefotha-fotha’s shot stopper, Seqao Eric Maeeane.
Amatšo Matebele’s mentor, James Madidilane said his charges played well, but were unlucky not not to win. However, he commended the league’s new comers for a competitive match.
“I am happy with the way they played today. They gave their all and I think we were very unfortunate to have not won the match.
“This is football. One has to accept that sometimes you win, draw or lose games. We will try to quickly put this game off our minds.
“We still have to prepare for our next game against Liphakoe and we will not play well if we don’t forget about this draw,” he said.
“However, congratulations to Sefotha-fotha, they played like it was their last game of football. We are also aware that teams became motivated when they play against us.”
The Sefotha-fotha coach, Tiisetso Molete said they came to the match with one plan in mind, and that was to frustrate Bantu. He said their mission was to let the opponents play and enjoy possession in their own half and try to catch them on the counter.
“I am pleased my team played well and followed instructions. We know the strengths and weaknesses of Bantu.
“We came to the game with one idea and that was to always be behind the ball. We wanted to let them play in their own half and try to catch them on the counter.
“That we did very well, and I think we could have buried one goal should our young striker Tšeliso Botsane converted a one-on-one opportunity before the break,” he said.
“I am not that coach who likes to complain, but everyone here saw how we were denied a penalty. However, credit must go to our goalkeeper, Seqao, for keeping the Bantu’s strikers at bay.
“I think we were also very unfortunate to lose Motlalepula Nqaba through injury. He put up a stellar performance. But we are hopeful that he will be available when we play LMPS in our next fixture.”