Econet launches Soccer Spectacular

Econet launches Soccer Spectacular

MASERU – Lesotho football fans have a new tournament to look forward to after the Econet Soccer Spectacular was launched on Tuesday.
The new showpiece was unveiled by the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC), league sponsors Econet and the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA).

The one-day knockout competition will take centre stage on August 25 at Setsoto Stadium and will be contested by four lucky top-flight clubs.
The teams will be determined by a voting system that opened on Tuesday and will close on August 22.
Each SMS will cost M1 and the four sides that garner the most votes will then have a chance to fight for whatever share of money to be made through ticket sales.

In launching the competition, Econet said it is committed to improving the standard of football in Lesotho and helping local teams raise funds before the league season starts on September 15.
The pre-season bonanza is also meant to build fans’ morale ahead of Lesotho’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Cape Verde on September 7.

“The principal goal behind the tournament, which was shared and discussed with the heads and general managers from all (Econet Premier League) clubs, who gave it their collective approval, is to help local premier league clubs with start-up financing towards their league obligations as they begin the new season,” Econet said in unveiling the Econet Soccer Spectacular.

“For this purpose, the norm will be that all gate-takings from the tournament will be shared equally amongst the fourteen EPL clubs, and the general public will also have a chance to win plenty of exciting prizes during voting and on the tournament day,” Econet said.
Econet chief executive officer Dennis Plaatjies said the tournament’s introduction comes as part of “very important developments that have been happening in the Econet Premier League Sponsorship Project” which started last September.

Last year, Econet returned to the local football arena after an eight-year absence and it will pump a total of M6 million in sponsorship money into Lesotho’s top-flight league until 2020.
Plaatjies said the project is intended to help the league and football clubs have a solid foundation for growth and development, as promised by sponsors Econet.

He reiterated that when Econet returned to football last year it did not expect smooth sailing and things, indeed, have not been easy.
However, Plaatjies said Econet is determined to launch more products and services to enable the sustainable growth and development of football in the country.

“We are a telecommunications company and we entered into the (league sponsorship) contract with our eyes open, ready to support and develop football in our country, this is why we engaged professionals along the way so that they can help us achieve our obligation,” Plaatjies said.
Distribution of funds raised from Econet Soccer Spectacular:

1/3 (one third) of all gate-takings shared amongst the four competing teams as prize money, with the following ratio:
40% for the tournament winner
30% for the runner-up
15% each for the remaining two teams
2/3 (two thirds) of all gate-takings shared equally amongst all the fourteen EPL clubs
Teams Codes:
Bantu — T01
Galaxy — T02
Kick4Life — T03
LCS — T04
LDF — T05
Likhopo — T06
Linare — T07
Lioli — T08
Liphakoe — T09
LMPS — T10
Majantja — T11
Matlama — T12
Sefotha-fotha — T13
Swallows — T14

Luciah Phahla

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