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Likhopo hold LMPS …as Liphakoe surprise Matlama

Motebang Makhetha talks to his players

Rammoneng Mohau (with the ball) acts against three Matlama players

The Quthing based Liphakoe FC on Sunday surprised Matlama with an early 1-0 winning score while Likhopo FC and Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) FC were forced to share the spoils after Likhopo settled for 1-1 tie against LMPS during their 2016/2017 Vodacom Premier League (VPL) double header at Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) playground.

The first game was between Likhopo and LMPS. LMPS started the game with confidence and it was clear that they went to that game with a hope and believe that they were going to collect three points.

The good start by LMPS won them an early lead by the educated head of Mphonyane Mphonyane in the 26th minute of the first half and Likhopo increased its attack after. In the 40th minute, Likhopo got a consolation and equalized by the leg of Ntoi Nkopane.

The results saw Likhopo still standing at position 13 of the premier league while LMPS moved one step up to position five after Sky Battalion was sunk to position six by LCS.

Likhopo FC head coach, Tšeliso Mapelo said they went to this game with most of their new players that they wanted to test their performance in the field, and “they made a marvelous start”.

During this match, Likhopo introduced Kolosane Rasetabele, Mekomba Robert from Tšotleho Phakoana and Atlehang Ntšonyane (the goalkeeper).

Mapelo added that the players impressed them as they played according to their plans. “We knew that in our previous match with LMPS we drew and we already knew how we would approach this one and we strategized”.

“We used our age advantage and planned that LMPS should hunt for the ball in the first minutes of the game to make them get tired. And that worked for us,” said Mapelo.

Meanwhile, LMPS Communications and Marketing Manager Kotsoane Ramakau said in the first half of the game, their players were good but he believes that they did undermine Likhopo.

 He said after they scored they were hurry to defend than to attack, and unfortunately that killed them.

In the second match Liphakoe and Matlama endured a painful loss that hindered their improvement in the log. The only goal and also the early winning goal of Liphakoe came from Tšepang Makapa in the early minutes of the game after the match was stopped a while due to rain, and that pressurized Matlama to the extent that they failed to convert most of their chances into goals.

The result saw Liphakoe leapfrogging Linare and holding position ten in the VPL log standing while Matlama stay in position seven.

Liphakoe new head coach, Motebang Makhetha told this paper that their preparations were very intact towards this game, with players being psychologically prepared and being told that in football players are the same.

“I told the boys that players are the same, just that they play different positions and what matters is only commitment,” concluded Motabang.

Weekend Results: Saturday Linare FC 0-1 Lioli FC, Kick4life FC 2-0 Sandawana, Sky Battalion FC 1-3 LCS FCand BB Warriors FC 1-6 Bantu FC. Sunday; LDF FC 2-2 Rovers FC, FC Likhopo 1-1 LMPS FC, and Matlama FC 0-1 Liphakoe FC.

Log standing as at 23rd January 2017

No. Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Bantu 15 10 3 2 29 7 22 33
2 Lioli 15 10 2 3 28 8 20 32
3 Kick4life 15 10 2 3 30 15 15 32
4 LCS 15 8 4 3 21 14 7 28
5 LMPS 15 6 7 2 14 9 5 25
6 Sky Battalion 15 7 3 5 18 14 4 24
7 Matlama 15 6 6 3 15 9 6 21
8 Sandawana 15 4 7 4 12 13 -1 19
9 LDF 15 5 6 4 14 13 1 18
10 Liphakoe 15 4 4 7 13 19 -6 16
11 Linare 15 3 5 7 21 23 -2 14
12 Rovers 15 2 4 9 12 27 -15 10
13 Likhopo 15 1 3 11 8 26 -18 6
14 BB Warriors 15 0 2 13 10 48 -38 2

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