It never rains but pours for Lioli

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Moorosi Tsiane

LIOLI FC endured yet another horrible weekend when the side suffered their second consecutive loss against the rookies, Swallows at Ratjomose Ground on Sunday.

Tse Nala came into the match on the back of a 1-nil defeat to the then relegation threatened Likhopo in their own backyard a fortnight ago.

Retšelisitsoe Mopeli’s lone goal was enough to shatter Lioli supporters’ hearts and register a much-needed win for Swallows to end their losing streak.

The loss saw Lioli Lioli still maintaining ninth in the log, a not familiar spot for the Teyateyaneng based outfit particularly in this time of the season.

Earlier on the day, LDF’s title chase was dealt a major blow when they were edged 2-1 by Likhopo at the same venue.

The loss meant that LDF have dropped to third on the log with 19 points and are now eight points behind pace setters, LCS.

Likhopo continued with their fine run coming from a goal down to secure the win which took them out of the relegation zone to land on 11th.

The Red Army, as Likhopo is affectionately known, went into the LDF match following a stellar performance that saw them beat Lioli 1-nil in Teyateyaneng.

LDF took the lead early in the game through Thabang Rabi but Thabiso Mari cancelled the lead while second half substitute, Moetsuoa Mokhejane, wrapped up the win for Halemakele Mahlaha’s side.

Kick4Life also returned to action with a 2-1 win away in Mohale’s Hoek against Majantja after a four weekend’s break.

The Bob Mafoso side has been out of action owing to the commitment of three of their players with the national men’s under-20 team which was playing in the COSAFA Cup in Zambia. South Africa won the tournament for the second time in a row.

Mafoso made a few changes to his first 11 which has been struggling and decided to utilise more of the experienced players in his team, bringing back Bokang Mothoana into the team.

Khubetsoana Kamela scored a brace for Kick4Life while Lenka Fanya scored the consolation goal for Majantja.

The Old Europa based outfit jumped four places up from position 10 to six before their yesterday 3-2 win against Swallows which saw them leapfrogging Liphakoe to fifth position.

On Saturday Matlama, also came back to action after four weeks, returned with a bang, coming from a goal down to register 2-1 win against LMPS at Ratjomose Ground.

LMPS had found the lead early in the first half from the spot through Tšepo Seturumane but Rethabile Mokokoane later cancelled the lead before he came back to wrap up the win from Matlama and send them back into the title chase.

Matlama moved to second from fourth with 20 points, seven points off the pace of leaders, LCS. However, Matlama still have three games in hand.

Lebajoa Mosehlenyane netted a brace yesterday to help Matlama close in on LCS as they beat LDF 2-0 at their own backyard and cut down the points gap between the two sides from seven to four.

LCS on the other hand continued on their winning streak registering a 1-nil win against Linare to extend their lead at the summit of the table to seven points.

Lieta Lehloka scored for LCS.

The match between Liphakoe and Sefotha-fotha in a goalless draw at LCS Ground.

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