Bantu cement their place at the top

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Moorosi Tsiane

MOKONE Marabe’s lone goal against CCX in Hlotse on Sunday helped the Vodacom Premier League (VPL) runaway leaders, Bantu cement their place at the top of the table.

The weekend matches were the last of the first round for most of the premier league teams except for Bantu, Matlama and LCS, who only played 13 matches.

Bantu now have 36 points while second-placed Matlama are trailing with five points.

League debutants, CCX, ended the first round in 10th with 18 points.

In Butha-Buthe Matlama sweated for a 0-1 win over Lifofane courtesy of a Khoanyane Mokoena goal.

Tse Putsoa remain second while Kabelo Malepane’s ended the first round just a step above the relegation zone with eight points in 13th.

Monaheng Velaphi scored his first goal for Lioli at Maputsoe DIFA Ground adding on to Sefotha-fotha’s woes. Lioli completed the first round inside the top four sitting third with 25 points while Sefotha-fotha remain bottom of the table with four points.

At LCS Ground, Michael Mireku scored a lone goal for Linare before he was red carded as the side edged Liphakoe 1-0. Linare finished the match with just nine players on the pitch after goalkeeper Sele Thetsane was also red carded.

Tse Tala are sixth position with 23 points but are still two matches behind as they have played 13 matches. LIphakoe’s inconsistency saw them finishing the first round in 12th with 17 points.

LCS suffered their fifth loss going down 1-0 to Manonyane in Nyakosoba. LCS finished the first round in seventh with 21 points while Manonyane finished in 11 position with 18 points.

A brace from Michael Kanguite and a goal from Tšokolo Nyatamane helped Lijabatho cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swallows in Morija. The win saw Lijabatho completing the first round in fifth with 23 points while Swallows remain second from bottom with eight points.

Matches between Kick4Life against LMPS and Likhopo versus LDF could not take place as their respective opponents, LDF and LMPS, did not show up for the matches.

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