ECONET Premier League runaway leaders Bantu are five games away from clinching the coveted M500 000 prize following Sunday’s 4-2 win over LDF at Setsoto Stadium.
A Matšo Matebele got an early lead through a Litšepe Marabe penalty before Neo Mokhachane doubled the lead on 15 minutes.
LDF attacker Tšeliso Phera pulled one back for the army side before Lazola Jokojokwana extended the lead for Bantu shortly before the break.
Jokojokwana extended Bantu’s lead further in the second half completing his brace while Thabang Rabi netted from the spot to narrow the lead to two goals.
The Sunday win put Bantu on 47 points 14 points ahead of second-placed Matlama with nine games to go for both sides.
Bantu must win five matches in the remaining nine for them to reclaim the title from Matlama.
LDF dropped one place down in the 14-team league table to eighth.
LCS cemented their place in the top three with 29 points after adding on to Swallows’ woes with a 1-0 win at Nyakosoba Ground courtesy of a Makara Ntaitsane goal.
Swallows remain at the bottom of the table with six points after 17 matches.
Liphakoe bounced back from their 2-1 midweek loss to LDF by beating relegation-threatened Lijabatho 1-0 at LCS Ground. Tšepang Makapa was on target for Liphakoe as they moved one step to 11th with 16 points.
Lijabatho, on the other hand, remain in the relegation zone sitting second from the bottom with 12 points.
Kick4Life leapfrogged Likhopo to ninth after beating Sefotha-fotha 2-1 in the second game at LCS Ground. Paul Westren’s charges have 20 points thanks to goals from Sanele Phantse and Teboho Lekhooa. Relebohile Mosebo scored Sefotha-fotha’s consolation goal.
On Saturday LMPS and Linare shared the spoils with a one-all stalemate at Ratjomose Ground. Junior Maba’s first half goal was cancelled out by Monyatheli Ntobo towards the end of the match.
Linare remained fifth with 26 points while LMPS remained sixth with 25 points.
Tuntu Moroahae’s own goal helped Lioli take home maximum points against Likhopo at Teyateyaneng Ground. This also saw Lioli dislodge LDF from seventh.
Matlama’s hopes of defending their league title suffered a blow after they were held to a one-all draw by Lifofane at LCS Ground on Saturday.
Matlama grabbed an early lead through a Jane Thabantšo goal but the lead was later canceled by second half substitute Realeboha Rankhotha from the spot.
The draw widened the gap between Matlama and leaders Bantu to 14 points from an initial 12. Lifofane, on the other hand, maintained their place in the top four teams with 27 points.