All set for Alliance  Winter Tournament

All set for Alliance Winter Tournament

MASERU – The Alliance Winter Tournament will finally take centre stage this weekend at Setsoto Stadium after being postponed last week.
The pre-season competition is an early appetiser for fans ahead of the new league campaign and will feature four premiership juggernauts — Lioli, Matlama, Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) and Bantu. The tournament was postponed last weekend due to a clash of commitments for sponsors Alliance.

However, the four sides will take the field this weekend to contest the trophy and gold medals, organisers have confirmed.
The Alliance Winter Tournament was launched in 2014 for the three clubs sponsored by Alliance Insurance — Lioli, Matlama and LCS.
For the past three years the three clubs have invited a fourth team to take part. In 2014 it was Liphakoe, last year it was Sundawana, this year it is Bantu.

The Alliance Winter Tournament presents coaches a chance to assess their squads after a long break and fix problems early. The competition also gives new players a chance to impress their respective technical teams.
Defending champions LCS have vowed to fight tooth and nail to defend their crown saying they take the tournament “very seriously”.
For premier league champions Bantu the Alliance Winter Tournament is an early opportunity to begin preparing for the CAF Champions League next year.

The first semi-final on Saturday will see LCS take on the Mafeteng giants with Matlama and Lioli following afterwards. The winners will then face-off on Sunday to decide this year’s champions. There is no prize money on offer for the tournament. However, all gate takings collected will be shared equally amongst the four teams.  Lioli, Matlama, LCS and Bantu are known as big crowd-pullers and organisers are hoping this weekend will not be any different.

Tickets will be sold at Setsoto at M20 per person.
Saturday 5 August (Setsoto Stadium):

Semi-finals
LCS vs. Bantu (13:00)
Matlama vs. Lioli (15:00)
Sunday 6 August (Setsoto Stadium):
Loser’s final (13:00)
Final (15:00)

Luciah Phahla

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