Big guns in LNIG semis

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Mikia Kalati

BANTU, Matlama and LCS are all in contention to bag a double after securing LNIG Top8 semi-final spots last weekend.

The three clubs are all in the run for the Econet Premier League title.

Bantu were rampant against Majantja on Sunday as Tsietsi Motšeare netted a hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.

A Matšo Matebele won the quarterfinal 9-1 on aggregate having won the first leg match 3-0 a fortnight ago.

The hat-trick helped Motšeare to move to the top of the goal scoring charts with three goals in the race for the tournament’s golden boot award.

Liteboho Mohloki, Litšepe Marabe and Hlompho Kalake each scored a goal to complete the 6-1 rout of struggling Majantja.

The Mafeteng outfit has now set a semi-final date with LDF slated for Setsoto Stadium on April 6.

The army side reached the semi-finals on Saturday after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kikc4Life after having drawn nil all in the first leg.

Tšolo Mokapane put the Motheo Mohapi coached side ahead through a well taken free-kick while Koete Mohloai wrapped up the victory with the second goal.

In the first match on Sunday, Matlama drew 1-1 with LMPS to advance to the semi-finals on a 2-1 aggregate.

Tse Putsoa went ahead through Lehlomela Ramabele early in the match but the lead was cancelled by Motsoakela Ramasimong late in the game.

Tse Putsoa will now face LCS, who eliminated Lioli from the competition with a 2-1 aggregate.

Masheshena bounced back from the 1-0 defeat suffered in the first leg to Tse Nala and won the second leg 2-0 at Setsoto Stadium on Saturday.

Mosiuoa Boseka put the correctional service outfit ahead early in the match from a free-kick while Lehlohonolo Lenka added the second to end Tse Nala’s journey in the LNIG Top8.

The semi-finals of the tournament will both be played at Setsoto Stadium on April 6 while the final will be played the following day.

The winners of the tournament that is bankrolled by Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) will walk away with M100 000 while the runners-up will pocket M80 000.

The third and fourth placed teams will each get M60 000 and M50 000 respectively. All the teams that were eliminated in the quarterfinal will each get M30 000.

There will also be monetary prizes for outstanding individuals on the final day of the tournament such as Top Goal Scorer, Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Player of the Tournament.

LNIG Top8 fixture

Saturday 8 April (Setsoto Stadium)

LCS v Matlama

Bantu v LDF

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