LNIG dou­bles Top8 spon­sor­ship

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

the Le­sotho Na­tional In­surance Group (LNIG) has in­jected M600 000 into the LNIG Top8 tour­na­ment sched­uled for early next year.

The fund­ing is twice the amount the in­surance gi­ant pumped into the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son.

The popular event is con­tested by Premier League teams that fin­ish among the top eight on the 14-team Premier­ship ta­ble. Bantu, Linare, Mat­lama, LDF, Likhopo, LCS, Qoal­ing High­landers and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Li­oli would fight for the win­ners’ prize of M100 000, with the draw set to be con­ducted next month.

Speak­ing dur­ing yes­ter­day’s un­veil­ing cer­e­mony held at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena, LNIG Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ral­i­tapole Let­soela, said dou­bling the spon­sor­ship was an en­dorse­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion by LNIG.

“There are big im­prove­ments in the tour­na­ment this time around, es­pe­cially the prize money for the team.

“The first prize has gone up from M40 000 to M100 000, while the run­ners-up take home M80 000, which was M30 000 last sea­son.

“The third-placed and num­ber four teams are go­ing to pocket M60 000 and M50 000, up from M25 000 and M20 000, re­spec­tively,” Let­soela said.

“The four teams that lose in the quar­ter­fi­nals each get M30 000, but re­ceived M12 500 last sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to Let­soela, the hike in spon­sor­ship is aimed at im­prov­ing the stan­dard of foot­ball in this coun­try.

“It is a known fact that foot­ball is a ma­jor and popular sport in this coun­try, so we are try­ing by all means to im­prove it for the good of our na­tion.

“It is only when we have such big com­pe­ti­tions that our foot­ball can grow and we, as LNIG, are very hope­ful that this tour­na­ment will help the coun­try achieve just that,” he said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion did very well last year and like we promised that if taken very good care of we will invest more, this is what we have ex­actly done now.”

Premier League chair­man, Le­bo­hang Thotanyana, on his part, said the tour­na­ment is ex­pected to kick­off on the week­end of 23-24 Jan­uary at Set­soto Sta­dium and end on 22-23 March at the same venue.

“The tour­na­ment will start on the week­end of 23-24 Jan­uary with the first of the two-legged quar­ter­fi­nals, while the fi­nal and semi­fi­nals take place on 22-23 March at Set­soto Sta­dium,” said Thotanyana

Thotanyana added some of the funds would be used to buy kit for the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, as well as ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Each team will re­ceive a new set of play­ing kit, and get ad­di­tional ones once they reach the semi­fi­nals and fi­nal.”

LDF de­fender Jane­feke Moli­beli pushes the ball dur­ing LNIG Top8 semi­fi­nals in this file pic­ture.

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