Lesotho stun South Africa in five-goal thriller

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Lesotho’s Likuena beat South Africa 3-2 in their Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 qualifier to register their first ever victory against their neighbours in a match played at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.

The home side went ahead as early as the fourth minute of the game, with Tsepo Seturumane showing composure inside the penalty box getting past a defender before slotting the ball past Bongani Mpandle, who was in goals for the youthful South African side on the day.

The goal seemed to work wonders for the home side as they hit a crossbar a few minutes later through Lehlohonolo Fothoane, with his thunderous strike having already beaten Mpandle, but the goal post coming to his rescue.

Bafana Bafana, who on the day fielded a team made up mostly of players coming from their under-23 side, created their fair share of chances to get back into the game, but was let down but poor finishing in front of goals.

Kamohelo Mahlatsi particularly was very impressive in the midfield and always gave Lesotho a tough time whenever his team was in possession of the ball.

South Africa was able to get an equaliser in additional time of the first half. Their captain on the day, Tercious Malepe, equalised from the penalty spot after Lesotho defender Basia Makepe brought down Zama Ramabuwane inside the box.

Lesotho regained their lead in the second half with Hlompho Kalake netting from the penalty spot after Thabo Moloi handled the ball in the box.

However, it didn’t take long for Bafana Bafana to find their way back into the game as Luvuyo Phewa capitalised on poor defending by the home side to get his team back on level, beating Lesotho goalkeeper Thabiso Lichaba from close range.

Lehlohonolo Fothoane produced the moment of game in the dying minutes of the match getting past a defender before curling the ball into the back of the net to give the Mountain Kingdom country the 3-2 win and the advantage heading into next weekend’s second leg tie in South Africa.

Lesotho regained their lead in the second half with Hlompho Kalake netting from the penalty spot after Thabo Moloi handled the ball in the box.

However, it didn’t take long for Bafana Bafana to find their way back into the game as Luvuyo Phewa capitalised on poor defending by the home side to get his team back on level, beating Lesotho goalkeeper Thabiso Lichaba from close range.

Lehlohonolo Fothoane produced the moment of game in the dying minutes of the match getting past a defender before curling the ball into the back of the net to give the Mountain Kingdom country the 3-2 win and the advantage heading into next weekend’s second leg tie in South Africa.