Likhopo say ‘thank you’ to Matekane

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THABA-TSEKA- Likhopo man­ager Qa­mako Ma­hao has hailed Matekane Group of Com­pa­nies (MGC) for the four years the firm has been spon­sor­ing the team.

To show the club’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the part­ner­ship, Likhopo play­ers and of­fi­cials vis­ited the fam­ily’s Man­tšonyane homestead last Satur­day.

The fam­ily was pre­sented with some gifts by the team man­age­ment dur­ing the visit.

“We have been spon­sored by MGC for the past four sea­sons, in which the com­pany has given us half-a-mil­lion mal­oti ev­ery sea­son. This means the com­pany has spent M2mil­lion on this team and we just thought com­ing here where MGC chair­man, Ntate Nt­sokoane Sam Matekane was born, is the sen­si­ble thing to do in show­ing our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the spon­sor­ship,” Ma­hao said.

“We wanted to come to his roots and show some sense of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. They have been good four years for us and we also wanted to show him that he is re­ally part of us.”

The pre­mier league out­fit also played two friendly matches against a Thaba-tseka dis­trict se­lect.

Ma­hao said the two matches were also tri­als to re­cruit new and young play­ers.

“Over the years, Likhopo was known for groom­ing its own play­ers and we want to go back to those days, which is why we asked for this mini-tour­na­ment here. We al­ready have two play­ers from Thaba-tseka dis­trict and we are still hop­ing to get more from th­ese tri­als as our tech­ni­cal team had al­ready iden­ti­fied some play­ers we may sign.

“The ad­van­tage of play­ers born in ru­ral ar­eas is their so­cial life is very clean and that makes them bet­ter ath­letes than ur­ban-born play­ers. The other thing is they are very dis­ci­plined,” he said.

“We have also re­alised that ru­ral­born chil­dren are not given as many chances as their ur­ban coun­ter­parts. There is im­mense tal­ent here which only needs to be pol­ished and fine-tuned.”

On be­half of the fam­ily, Chief Lipha­pang Matekane thanked Likhopo for the gifts and show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port they have be­ing get­ting from MGC.

“I am very happy for this team; this is what we call hu­mil­ity and shows that th­ese are peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate our sup­port. Ntate Matekane had an emer­gency meet­ing out­side the coun­try which is why he is not here to­day, but I am cer­tain he will be very happy to ar­rive home to this good news,” Chief Matekane said.

He also said the tri­als had helped up­lift the spirit of football in Man­tšonyane.

“There is so much pol­i­tics in this re­gion when it comes to football and for th­ese play­ers, it is such a priv­i­lege for them to play against a pre­mier league team. That, on its own, will up­lift their spir­its and I just wish we could have more of this kinds of matches,” he said.

Mean­while, the Likhopo con­tin­gent also vis­ited Man­tšonyane Mis­sion where MGC is build­ing a Catholic Mis­sion, pri­mary and high schools, mul­ti­pur­pose hall and sports com­plex es­ti­mated to cost a stag­ger­ing M120 mil­lion.

Chief Lipha­pang Matekane (mid­dle) re­ceives a signed jer­sey from Likhopo man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Queen Mo­la­toli (sec­ond from right) cap­tain Ti­lane Tau (right) and Le­foka Adoro.

MGC is build­ing a Catholic Mis­sion, pri­mary and high schools as well as a mul­ti­pur­pose hall and sports com­plex at Man­tšonyane.

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