• 14 December, 2018

Bantu FC left the country on Thursday morning for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to represent Lesotho in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League. Bantu will face DRC's Association Sportive Vita Club (AS Vita) Club in the first leg of the CAF Champions League. The match will be played at the Stade des Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa on Sunday.

In an interview, the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) Secretary, Mr. Mokhosi Mohapi said Bantu left the country via O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa where they will board a flight straight to Kinshasa.

He said the delegation includes 19 players plus six officials who will be carrying the hopes of Basotho in Central Africa.

Mr. Mohapi believes the Bantu players are on the verge of rewriting history, saying it has been a while since a local team has reached this stage of the tourney. The trend has seen local clubs failing to go past the preliminary stage.

The reigning Econet Premier League champions will host AS Vita in the return leg at Setsoto Stadium on December 23. The encounter will decide who will see the winner qualify for the group stages while the loser will play in the Confederation Cup.

To reach this stage of the tourney, Bantu eliminated Botswana champions Township Rollers via a penalty shootout following a 2-2 aggregate score.

Township Rollers had reached the group stages last year after Bantu were knocked out in the preliminary stages by eSwatini's Mbabane Swallows on away goals. Lena

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