Bantu, Met­ro­pol­i­tan launch funeral scheme

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

VO­DA­COM Premier League cham­pi­ons Bantu and their spon­sors Met­ro­pol­i­tan Le­sotho this week launched the Bantu Funeral scheme at the Mafeteng Golden Ho­tel.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Le­sotho re­gional man­ager, Tlali Mpholo said the scheme would not only en­hance the growth of Bantu as a brand but also as­sist the sup­port­ers dur­ing times of be­reave­ment.

“We sat down and came up with the Bantu funeral scheme which will not only help the team fi­nan­cially but also as­sist sup­port­ers dur­ing dif­fi­cult times,” Mpholo said.

“This was also in­spired by the fact that the man­age­ment of the club have been work­ing hard not just to make Bantu a suc­cess­ful team but a big brand too.

“It’s very af­ford­able and avail­able to any­one from any­where in the coun­try.”

Mpholo called on A Matšo Mate­bele fans to sup­port the ini­tia­tive as the club would re­quire a huge fi­nan­cial out­lay to mount a suc­cess­ful cam­paign in next year’s CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

His sen­ti­ments were echoed by the In­sur­ance Com­pany’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Tšokolo Makeke who added that the com­pany was proud to be as­so­ci­ated with the club that con­quered the do­mes­tic league. “This is a big mile­stone for the two en­ti­ties. “I would say we are two cham­pi­ons as this year Met­ro­pol­i­tan is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary and Bantu their 90th an­niver­sary. This is a big part­ner­ship and I be­lieve there is still more to come out of it,” Makeke said.

He said the cer­e­mony was also about re- new­ing their vows as they were long term spon­sors of the Mafeteng out­fit.

“The cer­e­mony was about pro­mot­ing the funeral scheme and en­cour­ag­ing the fans to sup­port it be­cause it will go a long way to­wards the suc­cess of the club.

“We have been in­vest­ing money in Bantu through the part­ner­ship but we want to make it big­ger and bet­ter through this funeral scheme,” he said.

For his part, Bantu pres­i­dent John Leuta urged the fans to sup­port the funeral scheme as it would help the club ahead of a po­ten­tially chal­leng­ing 2017/18 sea­son.

“We know the chal­lenges that our sup­port­ers and their fam­i­lies en­counter when they lose a fam­ily mem­ber,” Leuta said.

“We have had fam­i­lies com­ing to us when they could not af­ford to bury their loved ones and now their pray­ers have been an­swered with this funeral scheme be­cause it costs from as lit­tle as M15.

“My plea is for the fans to sup­port this ini­tia­tive be­cause that will also help in the growth and brand of the team.

“This is also about leav­ing a last­ing legacy for those that will come after us in the man­age­ment of the club.”

Leuta thanked Met­ro­pol­i­tan Le­sotho for their sup­port which went a long way and con­tin­ued to grow with each pass­ing year.

“It is im­por­tant that we have a proper pre­sea­son ahead of the new sea­son where there will be high ex­pec­ta­tions to win tro­phies and do well in Africa.

“Run­ning a suc­cess­ful team comes with big re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and it’s through the sup­port of Met­ro­pol­i­tan that we can be able to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the sup­port­ers,” he said.

For­mer Min­is­ter of Trade Te­meki Tšolo was among the dig­ni­taries and ex­pressed joy that his home team which had a “rich foot­ball his­tory had teamed up with a com­pany that be­lieved in unity”.

“There is no doubt that this is a big ini­tia­tive as peo­ple die in large num­bers and it be­comes a chal­lenge to give them a dig­ni­fied send-off,” he said.

“I hope the scheme will be pro­moted dur­ing matches to make it a suc­cess.

“Foot­ball should be a pay­ing ca­reer and part­ner­ships like th­ese will make it eas­ier for Bantu to achieve its ob­jec­tives,” he added.

BANTU pres­i­dent John Leuta (cen­tre), vice pres­i­dent Molefi Len­goasana (sec­ond from left) along with Met­ro­pol­i­tan of­fi­cials at the launch of the Bantu Funeral Scheme launch.

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