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Matlama and Lioli settle for a draw in a pulsating encounter


Lehlohonolo Motsoari

In a recent enthralling football extravaganza that kept fans riveted, Matlama and Lioli, the titans of Lesotho football displayed their prowess in a match that ended in a dramatic 1-1 draw at Bambatha Tšita sports arena.

Matlama’s seasoned attacking midfielder, Phafa Tšosane, defied his age with a spectacular display, conjuring a moment of magic and breaking the deadlock in the 75th minute to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

He received a short corner at the edge of the 18-yard area and opened up his body to curl a wicked shot with his right foot into the bottom corner of the far post.

It was the typical ‘Phafa Tšosane trademark shot’, which gave Lioli’s goalkeeper with no chance, sending scores of Matlama supporters into a frenzy.

The stadium erupted as Matlama fans celebrated, sensing a win was within reach given the time left in the match. However, Lioli remained undeterred.

With a winning spirit, Teboho Masuoane’s precise positioning and sharp reflexes swiftly netted a game-tying header that set energy to Lioli supporters who erupted with joy on the opposite side of the stadium.

While there might have been little goalmouth action, the game still lived up to the billing, as it was not a shot of entertainment.

The match displayed a tactical chess game between the two giants, with each move met by a calculated counter. The players dazzled with their skill, and the crowd revelled in the exquisite display of football finesse.

With the final whistle signalling a 1-1 draw, both teams demonstrated their resolve not to concede defeat in their quest for the championship.

Matlama, having played 15 matches, maintains their lead at the top of the table, holding a slim two-point advantage over Lioli, who are hot on their heels with 36 points.

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