Saturday, 23 April 2011

Lesotho picks a point home

Lesotho missed a chance to go home with maximum points as they were held on a 1-1 by the Eaglets of Mali in group A’s third and last game, played at the Millpark Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Eaglets of Mali came into this game already qualified and the pressure was on the young Crocs of Lesotho to win and save their honour by scoping the three points.

However, the regional giants got off on a very slow start letting the Eagles dictate the pace at their expense.

The lacklustre Eagle team kept dominating the young Crocs till the end of the first 45 minutes of play.

The second half kicked-off in the same style. The Crocs showing no ambition, falling back into their own area most of the time to defend and rarely pushing forward.

It seemed like Lesotho came to this game to obtain a draw, but that would not be the case as Mali’s pressure paid off, when an Eaglet was fouled into inside the penalty box.

Baholo Sefatsa, the Crocs keeper was up to task as he saved the Crocs from going down.
However, the Boys from the kingdom will succumb at the 70th minute from a Malian offensive which saw Ballo Drissa hit home to put the Eaglets ahead.

Mali’s goal would be a wake-up call for Lesotho and they fought hard to come back into the game with sporadic attacks.

They kept questioning the Malian defence till the 82nd minute when Mosiuda Bosioka stroke to level for Lesotho.

It is on a 1-1 score line that the referee blew his final whistle much to the satisfaction of the coach of Mali.

Lesotho has just played its last and final game in this tournament and goes home with a point.


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