Tough Top 8 draw for Li­oli, Mat­lama

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Miki­aMiki KalatiK l i

DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons, Li­oli, have been handed a tough as­sign­ment in this year’s edi­tion of the Le­sotho Na­tional In­sur­ance Group (LNIG) Top 8 tour­na­ment af­ter be­ing drawn against LCS dur­ing the draw held at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena on Tues­day.

Mat­lama have been pit­ted against LDF while Bantu will face Qoal­ing High­landers, with last year’s fi­nal­ists, Linare, tak­ing on Likhopo in the quar­ter­fi­nal to be played on 24 and 25 Jan­uary 2015.

Tse Nala won the com­pe­ti­tion last year beat­ing Linare 3-0 in the fi­nal played at Set­soto Sta­dium. They will begin the de­fence of their ti­tle away to LCS, with the re­verse fix­ture set for a fort­night later.

De­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons, Bantu, seem to have it eas­ier as they will host strug­gling Qoal­ing High­landers in the first leg match in Mafeteng on 24 Jan­uary.

The sec­ond leg matches will take place on 14 and d 15 F Fe­bru­aryb with­ith th the fi­nal semi­fi­nals and fi­nal set for March.

Speak­ing dur­ing the draw, LNIG Gen­eral Manager, Tumelo Kepa, said he is con­fi­dent this year’s edi­tion would be a suc­cess and that foot­ball would be the win­ner at the end of the tour­na­ment.

“We, as LNIG, are happy to join hands with the foot­ball com­mu­nity through this com­pe­ti­tion,” Kepa said.

“We ex­pect to see the trans­parency needed for the tour­na­ment to be a suc­cess just like last sea­son.”

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, Pre­mier League Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (PLMC) chair­man, John Leuta, said, as the league gov­ern­ing body, they were ex­cited that the com­pe­ti­tion is big­ger and bet­ter this year fol­low­ing the in­creased spon­sor­ship by the in­sur­ance group.

“I wish to thank LNIG for in­ject­ing more money in their spon­sor­ship of the com­pe­ti­tion,” Leuta said.

“Con­sid­er­ing this is their first year since com­ing on board as spon­sors of the tour­na­ment, they have al­ready put sub­stan­tial amounts with the first prize hav­ing been in­creased from M40 000 to M100 000.”

He said prepa­ra­tions were al­ready at an ad­vanced stage to en­sure the com­pe­ti­tion was well or­gan­ised.

“We are putting ev­ery­thing in place to make sure the com­pe­ti­tion runs smoothly,” said Leuta.

The win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will walk away with M100 000, run­ners up M80 000, third place M60 000, fourth M50 000 while the team that will be knocked out at the quar­ter­fi­nal stage will get M30 000.

LNIG quar­ter­fi­nal fix­tures

Satur­day 24 Jan­uary FC Likhopo v Linare Bantu v Qoal­ing High­landers

Sun­day 25 Jan­uary LCS v Li­oli. LDF v Mat­lama

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