Date set for sea­son opener

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Makita Kalati

THE 2015/16 Vo­da­com Premier League sea­son is pro­vi­sion­ally ex­pected to roar into life on 22 Au­gust.

Premier League Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (PLMC) gen­eral man­ager, Baitsi Mot­samai, told the Le­sotho Times this week that a draft of the fix­tures had al­ready been drawn and would soon be fi­nalised and made public.

“We are ex­pect­ing to start the new sea­son on 22 Au­gust and have al­ready drawn a draft of fix­tures that would soon be fi­nalised,” Mot­samai said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mot­samai, Vo­da­com’s early re­newal of the league’s spon­sor­ship, which the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany an­nounced last week, had made things eas­ier.

“The spon­sor­ship deal has now been fi­nalised and there is no rea­son why we should not start our sea­son as early as we can.”

While the spon­sor­ship for teams’ prize monies would re­main M1 mil­lion, Vo­da­com also un­veiled an ad­di­tional av­enue for rev­enue-gen­er­a­tion for the 14 teams in the league. Un­der the ini­tia­tive, clubs would re­ceive Vo­da­com mer­chan­dise worth M800 000 to sell and raise funds.

“We are very grate­ful to Vo­da­com for re­new­ing the spon­sor­ship, par­tic­u­larly this new pack­age that would see clubs get­ting M800 000 worth of con­tain­ers, air­time and starter­packs to sell and raise ad­di­tional rev­enue,” said Mot­samai.

“Our ne­go­ti­a­tions with the com­pany in­cluded find­ing a way to help our teams sus­tain them­selves, but we did not ex­pect them to go as big as they have done and we ap­pre­ci­ate that ef­fort.

“Go­ing for­ward, we will have a num­ber of work­shops and cour­ses with the teams as part of grow­ing the brand and im­prov­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion part of the game.”

Mot­samai also told the Le­sotho Times that the PLMC is set to hold a club-li­cens­ing work­shop for premier league and A Di­vi­sion clubs be­fore the new sea­son gets un­der­way next month.

Mean­while, Qoal­ing High­landers and Nyenye Rovers would not be part of the premier league next sea­son af­ter end­ing the 2014/15 cam­paign bot­tom of the log, hence their de-

Li­oli play­ers hold aloft the Vo­da­com Premier League tro­phy last Thurs­day.

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