Bantu, Matlama, Lioli with one leg in semis
DIUTLWILENG Boikanyo scored the only goal to hand Lioli a 1-0 victory over LCS at Maputsoe DIFA Ground on Sunday.
The winger netted from the penalty spot to give the Lehlohonolo Thotanyana coached side an advantage heading into the second leg scheduled for Setsoto Stadium this Saturday.
Tse Nala have bagged the Independence Cup shortly after Thotanyana rejoined the club as the head coach last year and are now in the hunt for their second trophy of the 2018/19 season.
LCS coach Mpitsa Marai, on the other hand, is still looking for his first trophy as head coach having enjoyed significant success as a player and assistant coach at Masheshena.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Kick4Life and LDF will have a lot to play for in the second leg also set for Saturday after the two teams drew nil all in the first leg.
The two teams have been inconsistent in recent weeks and failed to come to the party at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.
Meanwhile, Bantu have a good chance of edging closer to their first trophy of the 2018/19 season after easing to a comfortable 3-0 over Majantja in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
A Matšo Matebele had on the day rested a number of their regular starters but still managed to get the better of the struggling the Mohale’s Hoek outfit.
Lindokuhle Phungulwa, who has been making his way to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines with an injury, broke the deadlock early in the match before Lazola Jokojokwane scored the second goal.
Winger Neo Mokhachane added his name to the scoresheet netting the third and gave his side a healthy lead heading into in the second leg.
Matlama were also in action on Saturday and netted a late goal through Patrick Nyango to get the advantage over LMPS in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Tse Putsoa will however have to do without their top striker Motebang Sera, who received two yellow cards in the first leg.
The country’s most decorated outfit is hoping to make it a memorable year by winning a double as they are at the top of the Econet Premier League table.
LMPS on the other hand, will be hoping to get their revenge on Sunday in Maputsoe to stand a good chance of winning their first trophy in over a decade having last won the MGC Top8 in 2007.
Teele Ntšonyana, who took over the reins at the club before the beginning of the second round, is also eying his first trophy as a coach having enjoyed a successful career as a player.
The last leg of the quarter-finals will be played at Setsoto Stadium and Maputsoe DIFA ground this weekend.