Linare keep Top8 hopes alive


Mikia Kalati

PREMIER League giants, Linare, kept their top eight hopes alive after beating basement club, Sky Battalion, 2-0 on Sunday.

Rethabile Selonyane secured the victory with a brace against the struggling Sky Battalion at LCS Ground.

However, Linare will have to be consistent if they are top realise their dream of a top eight finish.

The Teele Ntšonyane-coached outfit moved to ninth on the log with 21 points. They are just a point off the top eight bracket.

Elsewhere on Sunday, LMPS continued with their good form by beating LDF 1-0 to add more misery on Motheo Mohapi’s side that is still smarting from a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of LCS in the LNIG Top8.

Despite the win, the police side still have a long way to go before they can secure a place among the top four.

Simunye, as the police outfit is affectionately known, are seventh with 22 points.

LDF are two places ahead having collected three more points than the police side.

Majantja were also among the winners on Sunday collecting maximum points against LCS at home at Mohale’s Hoek DIFA Ground.

Keketso Snyders scored a goal in each half to secure an important victory over inconsistent LCS who went into the match on a high after hammering LDF the previous weekend.

The hard fought victory helped Majantja maintain their place among the top eight.

On Saturday, Matlama handed Lioli their biggest defeat in recent times as Tse Putsoa clinched a 4-1 victory to pile more pressure on under-fire Tse Nala coach, Morena Ramoreboli.

The Free State-born gaffer has only one victory in six games.

Tse Nala went ahead through winger Montoeli Sonopo at Maputsoe DIFA Ground before Congolese forward, Nzenze Nkule, scored twice to give Matlama the advantage.

Lebajoa Mosehlenyane and Mabuti Potloane scored the third and fourth goals in the second half to give Tse Putsoa a rare win over their long-time rivals.

The win enabled Matlama to leapfrog Lioli into second position and they moved within four points of leaders Bantu.

However, A Matšo Matebele have two games in hand.

It was also goals galore for Kick4Life beating stubborn league debutant Sefotha-fotha 5-0 at LCS Ground.

Nkoto Masoabi netted a brace with Bonang Mohapi, Moruti Thamahane and Motlalepula Chabeli all scoring a goal each to hand Leslie Notši his biggest win in the current campaign.

Kick4Life also leapt over LDF to move among the top four teams in the league for the first time this season.

The club has 27 points from 17 games and stand a good chance of finishing the campaign among the top four teams for the second year in a row.

Rains disrupted Likhopo’s game against Liphakoe with the later enjoying a comfortable 1-3 lead 10 minutes before the end of regulation time. However, Liphakoe coach, Motolo Makepe, who had a torturous start to the second half of the season will have to wait for the Premier League Management Committee to decide when the match will have to be replayed.

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