Bonang Mohapi scored a beauty late in the second half to give Kick4Life a 2-1 win over Matlama and keep their hopes of finishing in the top4 of the Econet Premier League alive on Sunday at LCS grounds.
Bokang Mothoana returned from a long injury with a bang, giving Kick4Life the lead in the 28thminute. However, substitute Michael Mireku came on to level matters for Matlama in the 60thminute.
Both teams needed straight wins as the net for the top4 is closing on. Kick4Life came into this game having bagged 33points while Matlama were on 36points. Victory for the Old Europa side means they are now fourth on the log, on level points with Matlama who dropped fifth due to goal difference.
Mohapi, who has been on a fine form, nearly doubled the lead for the visitors as his efforts missed the goals with inches in the 33rdminute. Rasetabele Kalosane was enjoying himself and forced Kefuoe Mahula to be cautioned after a hash tackle on him just before the break.
Early in the second half, Mireku nearly cleared the ball into his own net but goalkeeper Monaheng Ramalefane was superb to stop the danger. Then in the 53rdminute, Matlama were awarded a set piece outside the box but Phafa Tsosane rifled too high at the goals.
From another set piece on the edge of the 18 yard, Tsosane curled the ball in the box and Mireku made it 1-1 in the 60thminute. Matlama were now growing in confidence and Lehlomela Ramabele missed a glorious opportunity to give his side the lead after winning the ball from Thabo Masualle in the 69thminute. His attempt went off target.
With less than 16 minutes remaining, Kick4Life were scenting a possible victory, and it did come when Mohapi sent a whopping shot, beating Ramalefane at the top corner.
The team hold on until the final whistle to register their first ever Premier League match win against Matlama.
Full Time: (Mireku 60’) Matlama 1-2 Kick4Life (Mothoana 28’, Mohapi 75’)
Man Of the Match: Mokoteli Mohapi
Starting XI: Kuenane, Pitso, Thamahane, Masualle, Teele, Mokhahlane, Mothoana (Ramafikeng 55’), Mohapi-M, Masoabi, Kalosane (Kumatse 88’), Mohapi-M
Substitutes not used: Moabi, Moorosi, Kamela, Chabeli, Ntsenyane
Yellow card: Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Mokoteli Mohapi, Rasetabele Kalosane