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Sunday, February 21, 2016

LNIG Top 8: Bantu, Lioli, LCS and LDF advance to semis

Tšoanelo Koetle and Lioli are through
to the LNIG Top 8 semi-finals
Defending champions Bantu will face LCS while Lioli meet LDF in the semi-finals of the LNIG Top 8. Bantu and Lioli booked their places yesterday while LCS and LDF followed suit today.

This afternoon’s ties, both played at the LCS Stadium, were close affairs following the same pattern as the first legs.

LCS advanced thanks to a hard fought win 1-0 over Likhopo to give them a 2-0 aggregate victory. The win is LCS’s sixth in a row in all competitions and they are the country’s form team. Their success has been based on a rock-solid defence. Masheshena have only conceded four goals in their last 12 games in all competitions.

In the second game today, LDF needed to a last-gasp goal to progress past Matlama with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Most of the goals came yesterday.

Lioli overcome a spirited Sandawana 3-2 at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium to win 7-3 on aggregate. Sandawana took the lead and had hope with the score tied at 2-2 midway through the second half but a penalty from Tumelo Khutlang sealed the tie for Tse Nala.

In yesterday’s other return quarterfinal, reigning champions Bantu had too much class for Likila United winning 3-1 at Setsoto Stadium for a 6-1 score over two legs.

The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, 9 April at Setsoto. The final will take place the following day.

LNIG Top 8 quarterfinal second leg results:

Sandawana 2-3 Lioli
(Lioli won 7-3 on aggregate)
Bantu 3-1 Likila United
(Bantu won 6-1 on aggregate)

Likhopo 0-1 LCS
(LCS won aggregate)
Matlama 1-1 LDF
(LDF lead 1-0)

Saturday, 9th April
Lioli v LDF
Bantu v LCS

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