Maseru (TNS) – In-form midfield sensation, Lebajoa “Banjo” Mosehlenyane scored a brace as Matlama cruised to a 3-1 victory over city rivals Kick4Life FC in the second leg of the prestigious Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 tourney at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Ground on Sunday.
The match got off to a fast and furious start as expected, with Tse Putsoa showing a lot of determination and hunger to grab an early goal. It duly came in the 44th second of play when midfield kingpin, Phafa Tšosane scored the quickest goal of the tournament with a beautiful flick-on that sailed past Kick4Life shot stopper, Sele Thetsane, before hitting the back of the net.
Kick4Life tried to respond quickly as they fought with aggression, but Matlama’s back four, marshalled by Lisema Lebokollane, were on their toes – thwarting the Old Europa side’s attacking trio of Bonang Mohapi, Nkoto Masoabi and Morapeli Lesoetsa.
However, in the 43rd minute, Kick4Life defender, Likano Teele intercepted a ball from a well taken free kick by teammate, Bokang Mothoana to put his side on level terms with a beautiful header.
In the second stanza of the match, Matlama found themselves on the back foot with Kick4Life applying incessant pressure in search of a second goal. However, the Sea point outfit managed to catch their opponents on the counter and the dangerous Banjo exchanged a string of passes with substitute, Lehlomela Ramabele before scoring a well-executed diving header.
Former Bantu danger man Lebajoa Mosehlenyane, continued to pressurise the Kick4Life defence until he got another assist from Ramabele before beating Thetsane with a near-post scorcher to make it 3-1.
Matlama’s coach, Mosito Matela was over the moon as his charges managed to overturn the first leg 1-0 defeat by Kick4Life to qualify for the next round on a 3-2 goal aggregate.
Matela said the substitutes – Lehlomela Ramabele and Katleho Moleko – lived up to expectation.
“I am very delighted with my players. It’s unbelievable. You could see from the quickest goal they have scored that they meant business,” Matela said.
“Yes, we were under pressure coming into this fixture. Remember Kick4Life beat us 1-0 and we had to overturn that. We did exactly that. I think have to give credit to my entire squad. But special mention goes to Mosehlenyane and the experienced pair of Ramabele and Moleko.
“The two substitutes – Ramabele and Moleko got in and did exactly what I asked them to do.”
Kick4Life head coach, Leslie Notši said his boys played very well, although they lost the match. He believes his team created a lot of scoring chances, but failed to convert chances into goals. He further said his side that is capable of challenging for trophies.
“I think we still featured in well, but we lacked a clinical touch in front of goal. I am not that disappointed because such things happen in football. I think this was a huge setback we suffered. But, you win some, you lose some. However, my team is capable of challenging for anything