Bantu to host fundrais­ing gala din­ner

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

PRE­MIER league gi­ants Bantu will on Satur­day host their an­nual gala din­ner at AVANI Maseru Ho­tel with the aim of rais­ing funds for the team.

Ac­cord­ing to Bantu Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Mot­latsi Mo­fo­keng, the event was also meant to raise the pro­file of the club. He said the guests of hon­our at the gala din­ner would be three ac­tors from the pop­u­lar South African Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion soapie Mu­vhango.

The trio are Sindi Dlathu, pop­u­larly known as Than­daza, Din­gaan Mokebe known as James Mot­samai and Palo Mokoailane who plays the role of Pheko on the soapie.

“Hav­ing such pop­u­lar names at the event brings a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion to the event and also gives it a big boost,” said Mo­fo­keng.

“Some peo­ple will want to at­tend the event be­cause they want to see the tele­vi­sion stars and that’s the rea­son we de­cided to bring spe­cial guests at our gala din­ners.”

The 2014 edi­tion of the din­ner was graced by South African na­tional team cap­tain Itume­leng Khune and his Kaizer Chiefs team­mates Ge­orge Maluleka and Ge­orge Lebese.

He said the club needed to raise funds to meet its op­er­a­tional obli­ga­tions such as buy­ing new play­ers and pay­ing staff.

A Matšo Mate­bele last month ap­pointed for­mer South African in­ter­na­tional Tsatsi James Ma­didi­lane as the club’s coach and for­mer Sun­dawana men­tor Bob Mafoso as his as­sis­tant on one-year per­for­mance-based con­tracts.

This was after Bantu’s lack­lus­tre cam­paign saw them sack three coaches and fin­ish last sea­son in a dis­ap­point­ing sev­enth po­si­tion and win­ning only one tro­phy.

“We now have a coach from South Africa, and that means the club will need a big­ger bud­get than be­fore for the new sea­son to achieve its goals,” Mo­fo­keng said.

“The team also did not per­form as ex­pected so there is a lot of pres­sure to en­sure we start the new sea­son well. The gala din­ner has proved to be an im­por­tant way of help­ing the team deal with some of its fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.”

He said the Mafeteng-based side was work­ing to­wards re­in­forc­ing the squad in prepa­ra­tion for the new cam­paign.

“We have been hard at work in as­sist­ing the tech­ni­cal team ac­quire the play­ers they need to suc- ceed in the new sea­son,” said Mo­fo­keng.

“The ac­qui­si­tions are at an ad­vanced stage as we speak, and I be­lieve we will be able to make some an­nounce­ments next week.”

A Matšo Mate­bele, he said, would not re­peat the mistake of leav­ing the sign­ing of new play­ers un­til the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

“It is im­por­tant to make the sign­ings as soon as pos­si­ble. We now be­lieve that our poor per­for­mances dur­ing the 2015/16 cam­paign were partly be­cause we bought new play­ers very late dur­ing the trans­fer pe­riod,” he said.

some of the Bantu play­ers dur­ing the 2014 gala din­ner held at Avani Maseru. — file pic­ture.

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