Uhuru tour­ney raises M190K

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The 2015 In­de­pen­dence Cup tour­na­ment played at Set­soto Sta­dium last week­end re­alised M190 000 in gate-tak­ings, ac­cord­ing to premier league chair­per­son John Leuta.

Bantu beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Li­oli 15-14 on penal­ties in the fi­nal to lift the sil­ver­ware and pocket the M110 000 win­ners’ prize, while LCS pre­vailed 6-5 over Mat­lama, also in a penalty shootout, to claim third place.

The tour­na­ment is co-spon­sored by Metropoli­tan Le­sotho and Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank to the tune of M1.8 mil­lion through a three-year con­tract the two firms signed with the premier league last sea­son.

Teams which end the premier­ship cam­paign in first to fourth po­si­tions qual­ify for the com­pe­ti­tion held as part of cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence. Le­sotho gained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain on 4 Oc­to­ber 1966.

Ac­cord­ing to Leuta, who is also Bantu Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent, this year’s com­pe­ti­tion was yet an­other roar­ing suc­cess.

“We are very happy with the sup­port the tour­na­ment re­ceived from the pub­lic,” Leuta said.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion and we man­aged to col­lect M190 000 in gate-tak­ings.”

Leuta said the money would be used to pay for ex­penses in­curred dur­ing the tour­na­ment, with the bal­ance shared among the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams.

“We are very grate­ful to the spon­sors, Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank and Metropoli­tan Le­sotho, for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port this com­pe­ti­tion,” said Leuta.

“I think ev­ery­thing was up to stan­dard; the per­for­mance of the teams was also top notch and in the end, we were happy with how the two days passed.”

Re­gard­ing his team’s win over Li­oli, Leuta: “It has be­come the norm to re­ward our play­ers ev­ery time they win ti­tles and it will be no dif­fer­ence this time around. I can­not re­veal how much the play- ers are go­ing to get be­cause that de­ci­sion will be col­lec­tively made by the man­age­ment.”

Bantu play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the In­de­pen­dence Cup at Set­soto Sta­dium last Sun­day.

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