Bantu to build club village

Bantu to build club village

MAFETENG -Econet Premier League giants Bantu have revealed ambitious plans to build a club village.
Despite going trophy-less this past season, Bantu’s ambitions haven’t dimmed and ‘A Matšo Matebele’ want to have a top-class facility similar to that of South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, for example.
Kaizer Chiefs have their headquarters at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena, which is six kilometres to the south of Johannesburg. It includes a complex of playing fields, offices, training facilities and a club retail store.
Bantu president John Leuta said ‘A Matšo Matebele’ are in the process of obtaining the lease for a site where they are going to build their own village.
Although he said such processes take a long time, he vowed to fans that things are moving and they can look forward to positive developments in the near future.
Leuta said Bantu will soon reveal what they are planning to build on their site and he also announced a working relationship with an unnamed Botswana branding company that will help build Bantu’s brand internationally.

“Even though we didn’t win (the Econet Premier League), everybody can be proud of this team. Bantu is a brand and I am proud of the level of discipline on and off the pitch, style of play (and) attire,” Leuta said.
“We didn’t win but we are happy with what we have built with the supporters, the family we have.”
Leuta also revealed Bantu have reached an agreement with sports apparel giants Puma to open a club store and sell merchandise.
He said Bantu already have a building to sell merchandise from and he said the process of opening the store has started already. The Bantu club store will be the first of its kind in Lesotho.
No club has its own store where they sell replicas and other club merchandise.

All of this is on top of the Mafeteng club having their own website and a TV slot on LNBS .
Bantu held their annual awards to reward players for their performances during the 2018/19 campaign last Saturday.
Leuta said everybody played a part in a season in which they made history by becoming the first Lesotho team to proceed to the first round of the CAF Champions League in almost 20 years.
Bantu also competed in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Lindokuhle Phungulwa and goalkeeper Thabiso Lichaba were the biggest winners of the day at Bantu’s awards walking away with Player of the Season and the Player’s Player of the Season respectively. The awards carried prize money of M5 000 and M2 000 respectively.
Phungulwa also won the Goal of the Season award for his strike against Matlama in the MGC Football Tournament earlier this year while Lichaba added Fan’s Favourite and the Golden Glove to his collection and both awards carried a total of M3 000.
Speaking to journalists afterwards, Lichaba said he has no plans to leave Bantu. After a frustrating spell at Matlama, he said he is happy in Mafeteng and wants to continue with ‘A Matšo Matebele’.

Awards recipients:
Longest Serving award – Mokone Marabe (M1 500)
Most Improved Player – Thabo Lesaoana (M1 500)
Good Sportsmanship Award – Mokone Marabe (M1 500)
Most Consistent Player – Tsietsi Khooa (M1 500)
Most Disciplined Player – Johannes Molapo (M1 500)
Fan’s Favourite Player – Thabiso Lichaba (M1 500)
Best Signing of the Year – Motlomelo Mkhwanazi (M1 500)
Youngest Player Award – Neo Mokhachane (M1 500)
Most Outstanding Award – Litšepe Marabe (M1 500)
Golden Glove – Thabiso Lichaba (M1 500)
Player’s Player of the Year – Thabiso Lichaba (M2 000)
Goal of the Year – Lindokuhle Phungulwa (M1 500)
Top Goalscorer – Lazola Jokojokwane (M1 500)
Presidential Award – Lehlohonolo Fothoane (M1 500)
Fan’s Defender of the Year – Motlomelo Mkhwanazi (M1 000)
Player of the Year – Lindokuhle Phungulwa (M5 000)

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