Kick4Life slipped to a 2-1 at home defeat to current log leaders Bantu in a well attended match at LCS grounds to the capacity on Sunday afternoon.
Tsietsi Mots’eare and Lazola Jokojokwane scored the goals for the visitors, while Nkoto Masoabi pulled one for the home team moments before the break.
Mots’eare opened the scorings in the 9thminute, his long range shot been deflected and Mohau Kuenane beaten at far right. Four minutes later, Thabo Masualle was nearly punished for not clearing the ball at the back but Kuenane did well to stop the danger.
In the 24th minute, Ralekoti Mokhahlane made an excellent pass behind Bantu defence but goalkeeper Thabiso Lichaba spotted Bonang Mohapi’s run and was clever to close him up. Two minutes later, Motlalepula Chabeli fired wide at goals.
Bantu doubled their lead in the 27thminute with a header from Jokojokwane after Motseare picked him in the box. Norman Kumatse was presented with a golden opportunity but missed in the 35thminute.
Kick4Life were later awarded a corner and Masoabi rose high to score in the 43rdminute. A minute later, Masoabi thought he had levelled matters but his second goal was disallowed.
In the second half, the hosts got two opportunities, first with Kumatse winning the ball at Molapo and playing to Chabeli who fired over in the 54thminute. Then in the 57thminute, Mokhahlane caught Bantu on counter and found Kumatse but the latter was closed by Tsietsi Khooa.
Khubetsoana Kamela and Rasetabele Kalosane were introduced in the 67thminute in place of Mohapi and Chabeli. Thabo Masualle and Likano Teele were almost punished for bad marking and they had Kuenane to rescue them as he denied Jokojokwane at one on one in the 73rdminute.
With seven minutes to play, Kalosane tried his luck but his efforts went off target. The first half goals seemed enough to seal the outcomes of the match as Kick4Life suffered a defeat at home.
Full Time: (Masoabi 43’) Kick4Life 1-2 Bantu (Motseare 9’, Jokojokwane 27’)
Man Of the Match: Nkoto Masoabi
Starting XI: Kuenane, Pitso, Thamahane, Masualle, Teele, Mokhahlane, Ntsenyane, Mohapi (Kamela 67’), Masoabi, Chabeli (Kalosane 67’), Kumatse
Substitutes: Moabi, Mohapi-M, Ramafikeng, Mukete
Yellow card: Moruti Thamahane