Mot­samai speaks on pre­mier­ship awards

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The 2015/16 Vo­da­com Premier League awards cer­e­mony would only be held af­ter the Cosafa tour­na­ment set for 11-25 June in Namibia.

Ac­cord­ing to the league’s gen­eral man­ager, Baitsi Mot­samai, the de­ci­sion was made to al­low the play­ers to con­cen­trate on the re­gional tour­na­ment. Le­sotho have bene drawn in Group B along­side An­gola, Malawi and Mau­ri­tius in the an­nual tour­na­ment or­ga­nized by the Coun­cil of South­ern Africa Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa).

“We have not set a date for the awards as most of the play­ers nom­i­nated for the awards will be busy with the na­tional team, Likuena,” Mot­samai said.

“It is now most likely that we will stage the event af­ter the Cosafa tour­na­ment to al­low Likuena play­ers to fo­cus on the job at hand.”

Mot­samai also said the judges’ panel for the awards is headed by Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Lehlo­honolo Thotanyana.

Mot­samai fur­ther said the league man­age­ment would soon re­veal the play­ers nom­i­nated for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories which in­clude player of the sea­son, play­ers’ player of the sea­son, goal­keeper of the sea­son, coach of the sea­son, young player of the sea­son, as well as ref­eree and as­sis­tant ref­eree of the sea­son.

The top goal-scorer award goes to Mat­lama’s Mote­bang Sera, who found the net 14 times.

The likes of Li­oli mid­fielder Jerry Kamela, Sun­dawana’s Raboana Koloti and Jane Tha­ban­tšo of Mat­lama, are strong con­tenders for the player of the sea­son award.

Bantu’s Litšepe Marabe swept the board last year as he walked away with the player of the sea­son, play­ers’ player of the sea­son and top goal-scorer awards. Bantu had fin­ished the sea­son as run­ners-up to league win­ners Li­oli.

each of the in­di­vid­ual awards came with a M2000 cheque last sea­son al­though this amount could be in­creased this time around.

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