Bumper deal for Bantu

Bumper deal for Bantu

Mafeteng – Econet Premier League champions Bantu have unveiled a new M300 000 sponsorship deal with Lesotho Post Bank.
The pact is for three years and Post Bank will fork out M100 000 annually to ‘A Matšo Matebele’.
The sponsorship was launched on Tuesday in Mafeteng and will also see Post Bank offer its specialised services to Bantu fans. The deal is the latest in a line of sponsors for the champions whose main backer is Metropolitan Lesotho.

The Mafeteng giants also have sponsorship agreements with Lesotho Funeral Service and Lesotho Flour Mills.
Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Post Bank managing director Molefi Leqhaoe said its backing of Bantu came about because the bank was impressed with the management of the club. Leqhaoe praised Bantu’s executive committee for its transparent leadership.
Post Bank is a commercial bank owned by the Lesotho government.

It has won the Diamond Arrow Award from PMR Africa for the Best Overall-Achiever in Investment services for the past two years.
Addressing excited Bantu in attendance, Leqhaoe said Post Bank wanted to align itself with the club because ‘A Matšo Matebele’ are also winners in their field.
“You (Bantu fans) have a strong committee, I don’t know if you aware of that, because one of the things we were looking at before agreeing to this sponsorship was a clear, transparent leadership and it is there,” he said.
“Lesotho Post Bank is the champion (in its industry), last year we were recognised as the best bank in terms of service delivery and this year as well. We looked at Bantu and realised they are also champions and we had no reasons to refuse to the proposal.”

The roots of the deal, Leqhaoe said, were formed three years when Lesotho Post Bank opened its Mafeteng branch.
“During the opening of our Mafeteng branch we promised the Mafeteng community that we will be back to give back to the community and this is part of that promise,” he said.

Part of the sponsorship will see a friendly match between a Post Bank team and Bantu’s first side.
Leqhaoe said the bank will use the occasion to interact with the community and introduce the bank to the people of Mafeteng.
“We are going to give Bantu M100 000 per season. (The figure) might change and increase according to our terms and conditions and I think they are going to meet them in a short period of time,” he said.

“We want everyone associated with this team to benefit. We have made sure that there are car loans and housing loans. And when we talk about houses we don’t only mean big houses. If you want a two-roomed house Lesotho Post Bank will help.”
Leqhaoe urged ‘A Matšo Matebele’ supporters to support Post Bank’s branch in Mafeteng by opening accounts and using the bank.

For his part, Bantu president John Leuta thanked Post Bank for coming on board as sponsors and also called on Bantu fans to support the bank.
“For a person to sponsor you, you have to behave well with people’s money. Our problem in sports is that we don’t behave with other people’s money,” Leuta said.

“If I give you M100, I am expecting you to give me reports of what you have done with my money. If you keep on doing that you will not have any problems.” “We have a Basotho bank, it is cheap and accessible,” Leuta added.
“What we are asking you from supporters is that you go and open accounts there and use it.”

Luciah Phahla

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