Swaziland add to Lesotho’s woes

by Staff Reporter

Wed May 20, 21:42

Swaziland have registered their second win after beating Lesotho 2-0 during the 2015 Cosafa Cup match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday night.

A simple tap-in in the first half by Xolani Sibandze, after a rocket shot from Zweli Nxumalo which came back off the crossbar, and a simple conversion in the second half by Mthunzi Mkhontfo meant Isihlangu Somnikati have registered two wins after beating Tanzania in their opening tie on Monday.

The win takes them closer to Madagascar, as they’re both on six points, whilst Likuena registered their second loss.

However, in the 11th minute, Likuena had their first attempt at goal through Tsoanelo Koetle after taking a tame shot which was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Mphikeleli Dlamini.

In the 18th minute, the experienced Tony Tsabedze found the back of the net for the Swazis but he was ruled offside, with the replay showing clearly that he was on.

Harry Bulunga’s men pushed forward and managed to keep Likuena under pressure when Sibandze saw his shot cleared off the line by Lesotho defender Nkau Lerotholi in the 21st minute, taking his side closer to opening their account.

Three minutes later, Tsabedze unleashed a powerful shot from the right but it was well read by goalkeeper Khouloe Phasumane.

Going to the tunnel, Isihlangu Somnikati were enjoying the lead and in the second stanza they made all the efforts in probing for a second goal. Zweli Nxumalo first tested the keeper from about 20 metres out.

In the 66th minute, their efforts were rewarded when the former SuperSport United midfielder Tsabedze’s magnificent ball into the box was turned home by Mkhontfo to double their lead.

With 20 minutes remaining on the clock, Swaziland caught Lesotho on the break again, however, Nxumalo directed his shot wide of Phasumane’s goals. In retaliation, Lesotho attacked through the middle with Ts’oanelo Koetle, who shot over the bar.

In the dying minutes, Mkhontfo was denied his brace by the post as his low shot from the left crashed against the upright and went away to safety with Phakusame well beaten.

With the three points in the bag, Isihlangu could be looking forward to beating Madagascar and decide who tops the group when they clash on Friday.

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