K4L edge Matlama in Top8 quarter first leg

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K4L edge Matlama in Top8 quarter first leg
Steve Fleming
February 26, 2018

Bonang Mohapi fired ten man Kick4Life to a 1-0 victory over Matlama and gave K4L the advantage going into the second leg of the LNIG Top8 quarter finals. The match was played on Saturday at Maputsoe DiFA stadium.

The result put Kick4Life in a good position going into the second leg at home as they begged a win away from home. It was a highly contested match with both teams starting like a house on fire.

Kick4Life were the ones to claim an early lead through Mohapi who fired home in the 3rd minute of the game. Nkoto Masoabi had superbly flicked the ball to him and Mohapi beat Lisema Lebokollane with the pace.

Having found the net, the visitors caused headache for the home team and emotions got high in the 15th minute when Masoabi was brought down in the box by Monaheng Ramalefane but the referee ruled otherwise. Masoabi was therefore booked for simulation.

In the 24th minute, Moruti Thamahane who had a good game on the day, pulled a spectacular tackle to stop Teboho Lillane. A minute later Lebajoa Mosehlenyane squandered a good chance to level matters when he released a weak shot in the box. Ball well collected by the keeper.

With five minutes before the break, Sele Thetsane was nearly punished for his mistake when the ball dropped out of his hands but Motebang Sera failed to capitalise as his efforts went wide at an empty net.

In the second half, Matlama were awarded a set piece outside the box and Thamahane with a diving header cleared the danger in the 54th minute. At the hour mark, Kick4Life caught Matlama at a counter but Masoabi was denied.

The game was getting more exciting as shots were fired from both sides and Thetsane did well to save Mosehlenyane’s powerful strike in the 65th minute. Thamahane beautifully crossed in the box but Ramalefane was at his best, punching the ball away to make it a corner.

With ten minutes left to play, Kick4Life were dealt with a blow when Mokoteli Mohapi was sent off for his challenge on Mosehlenyane. Matlama looked determined to use this to their advantage and with three minutes of the added time, Mosehlenyane rifled but his shot was well dealt with by the woodwork,

Full Time: Matlama 0-1 Kick4Life (Mohapi 3’)

Man of the match: Moruti Thamahane

Starting XI: Thetsane, Thahmahane, Pitso, Masualle, Teele, Mothoana, Ntsenyane (Kumatse 68’), Ntoya-Malonga, Masoabi (Moorosi 90+1’), Mohapi-B, Chabeli (Mohapi-M 55’)

Substitutes: Moabi, Ramafikeng, Kalosane, Ossala-Okoko

Yellow card: Nkoto Masoabi, Bokang Mothoana,

Red card: Mokoteli Mohapi

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