Un­cer­tainty over foot­ball awards

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Pre­mier League Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (PLMC) has still not con­firmed a date for the 204/15 sea­son awards pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony.

How­ever, the topflight league is hop­ing the first week of June could be suit­able for the cer­e­mony, dur­ing which play­ers and match of­fi­cials who ex­celled dur­ing the just ended sea­son would be re­warded.

Ac­cord­ing to the league’s gen­eral manager, Baitsi Mot­samai, the na­tional team’s hec­tic pro­gramme had made it dif­fi­cult to come up with a def­i­nite date for the awards pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony. The na­tional team, Likuena, are cur­rently pre­par­ing for the Coun­cil of South­ern African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa) tour­na­ment to be held from 17-27 May in South Africa, as well as the 2017 African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (CHAN) and Africa Cup of Na­tions Af­con) qual­i­fiers which get un­der­way next month.

Mot­samai em­pha­sised the need to en­sure all the win­ners and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers are avail­able on ar­guably do­mes­tic foot­ball’s spe­cial night hence find­ing a suit­able was prov­ing a bit chal­leng­ing.

“If you re­call, the na­tional team has a busy sched­ule start­ing with the Cosafa Cup, which is to be fol­lowed by Af­con and CHAN qual­i­fiers, so it’s im­por­tant to find the right date for the awards pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony,” Mat­samai said.

“We are in dis­cus­sion with of­fi­cials from Vo­da­com, as the spon­sors of the league and the awards, as well as the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Lefa), to find a date that will suit all the rel­e­vant par­ties. This is a spe­cial night for lo­cal foot­ball so we would want to en­sure that ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan,”

Among the play­ers ex­pected to walk away with in­di­vid­ual awards is the league’s top scorer, Litšepe Marabe, who struck 22 goals for Bantu, and the Li­oli duo of Jerry Kamele and Tšoanelo Koe­tle who are strong con­tenders for the player of the sea­son award. Marabe, Mat­lama skip­per Phafa Tšosane and last year’s win­ner of the award, Mabuti Pot­loane, are also pos­si­bles for the gong, which car­ries a M2000 mon­e­tary prize.

Li­oli’s Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu, is favourite for the coach-of-the-sea­son award af­ter lead­ing Tse Nala to the league ti­tle and In­de­pen­dence Cup in a very im­pres­sive cam­paign for the Tey­ateya­neng-based out­fit.

Mot­samai said a short­list of nom­i­nees for each cat­e­gory would soon be an­nounced. Teams: Win­ners - M200 000; run­ners up - M100 000; third place-m80 000; fourth - M60 000; teams on po­si­tions five to eight each get M40 000; nine to 12 each pocket M30 000, and 13-14 each take home M25 000. Fair Play team award-m2000. In­di­vid­u­als: Player of the sea­son, play­ers’ player of the sea­son, top goalscorer, young player of the sea­son, goal­keeper of the sea­son, and coach of the sea­son each takes home M2 000.

LAST sea­son’s player of the year Mabuti Pot­loane (right) re­ceiv­ing his award from pre­mier league of­fi­cials.

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