Matlama back on top

Moorosi Tsiane

THE defending Econet Premier League champions, Matlama, returned to action last weekend after a one-week break to register an emphatic 3-0 win over Sefotha-fotha.

The win helped Matlama reclaim the top spot with six points from two matches.

Charles Manda’s outfit rested a fortnight ago to accommodate the senior national soccer team’s CHAN qualifier against Zimbabwe in Harare.

A goal apiece from two central defenders Lisema Lebokollane and Stephen Eyong and midfielder Jane Thabantšo were enough to see Tse Putsoa leapfrog Bantu to the pole position. This was after Bantu had also thumped Liphakoe 3-1 on Saturday.

Both teams are on six points with Matlama enjoying a better goal difference as they have scored eight goals in two matches while Bantu has scored five and have conceded once.

It was yet again another hurtful weekend for Econet Premier League debutants Lijabatho who were edged 1-0 by fellow new comers Lifofane at Maputsoe DIFA Ground on Sunday.

This was the second consecutive league match loss for the Motolo Makepe coached outfit that has only collected one point in three matches. The one point is from their 2-2 draw with Likhopo in the league opener three weeks ago.

….. scored on the day ensuring that Lifofane collect their first three points of the season that put them on four points in three matches after losing one-nil in their first league match against Linare before playing to a 0-0 draw with Likhopo a fortnight ago.

The tie between LDF and Likhopo ended goalless with both sides playing their third consecutive draws this season.

A highly tactical match between LCS and Linare also ended goalless at LCS Ground on Sunday.

On Saturday, Lioli finally got their first league win this season adding on to Swallows’ woes by thumping them 4-0 at Ratjomose Ground.

Montoeli Sonopo, Bushy Moletsane were on target on the day while Swirtberth Kum scored a brace for the Thabile Secker-coached outfit.

This was Swallows’ second loss this season having been hammered 6-0 by Matlama in their first match of the season. Swallows has now conceded a mighty 10 goals in three matches.

The Mazenod outfit however, looked a better side a fortnight ago holding Liphakoe to a goalless draw.

Kick4Life suffered its first loss this season going down 0-1 to LMPS at LCS Ground. Tanki Makhele scored for LMPS. This was Simunye’s first win putting them in four points after two matches having drawn 0-0 with LDF in their first match three weeks ago.

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