K4L finish highest ever 4th in VPL as Bantu take title

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K4L finish highest ever 4th in VPL as Bantu take title
Steve Fleming
May 7, 2017

Kick4Life finished a highest ever fourth place in the Vodacom Premier League after a 3-0 defeat to newly crowned champions Bantu at Maputsoe DiFA Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the final fixture of the 2016/17 season.

Bantu grabbed the lead in the opening nine minutes with a fine free header of Lazola Jokojokwane before Litsepe Marabe could double the efforts in the thirty-forth minute. Five minutes later, Hlompho Kalake with a well-taken shot made it 3-0.

Thabiso Brown managed to create space for himself on numerous occasions and passed through the much-admired Bantu defence. In the twenty-ninth minute, he forced Sedisa to make a brilliant save denying him a goal.

HT: Bantu 3-0 Kick4Life

Leslie Notsi made some changes in the second half, bringing in youngster Chido Shoniwa on the right back, while Tseliso Ramafikeng and Ntoya-Malonga added the numbers going forward at the midfield.

Five minutes after the restart, Kamohelo Makateng made an excellent pass to Motlelepula Chabeli and Thabo Sedisa used his feet to deny him.

Then in the seventieth minute, Brown went close to scoring as his strong freekick forced Sedisa to fist over the bar to make a corner. Mokhanya Mokhanya also did well in the seventy-seventh minute to save Kalake’s grounder.

The introduction of Ntoya-Malonga and Ramafikeng brought confidence to Kick4Life side and more chances were created. However, Bantu held on to the 3-0 victory, and Kick4Life slipped to fourth as LCS beat Sandawana.

For Bantu, they claimed their second league title since the 2013/14 season with 62 points.

FT: Bantu 3-0 Kick4Life

Man Of the Match: Tseliso Ramafikeng

Starting XI: Mokhanya, Pitso, Mphosi (Shoniwa 45), Thamahane (Ntoya-Malonga74), Masualle, Mothoana, Mohapi, Kamela, Chabeli, Brown, Makateng (Ramafikeng 62’)

Substitutes: Thetsane, Ntoi, Lesoea, Mboh

Yellow card: Motlelepula Chabeli

League Table

PWDLFAGDPts
1Bantu26195250133762
2Lioli26193449113860
3LCS26138538211747
4Kick4Life26136742281445
5Sky Battalion2612593327641
6LDF2610972824436
7LMPS2681262320336
8Matlama26911635221335
9Sandawana2671092529-431
10Liphakoe2677122233-1128
11Linare2669113538-327
12Likhopo2638152038-1817
13Rovers2638152251-2917
14Butha-Buthe Warriors2613221888-706

Fixtures

Fixtures for next season TBC