Giants clash in MGC Soccer Spectacular

Giants clash in MGC Soccer Spectacular

MASERU – The much talked about Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) Soccer Spectacular will kick-off this weekend at Setsoto Stadium and the eight teams that qualified for the annual Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 will face each other just a week after the second legs of the competition were completed.
The MGC Soccer Spectacular is meant to mark the celebrations of the opening of the Bocheletsane combined school in Mantšonyane.

Only two of the eight teams competing this weekend will make it out and travel to Mantšonyane next month to play against two local teams that have been identified by MGC.
The winner of the final round in Mantšonyane will get a trophy and medals and prize money of M400 000 will be shared equally between the four remaining teams.

Initially, organisers had only picked Matlama, Kick4Life, Lioli and Bantu for the MGC Soccer Spectacular.
However, they were met with an uproar from other clubs and their supporters who felt they were being side-lined which forced organisers to review their selection process and decide that all teams which qualified for the Top 8 will be the ones competing.

Although the extra M100 000 may come in handy for the struggling local teams, the timing of the MGC competition is not perfect as it comes just a week after the gruelling LNIG Top 8 second legs and it also means the teams that were not in the Top 8 will now likely to take up to four weeks without any action.

In addition, the teams that have qualified for the LNIG Top 8 semi-finals and also have players in the national team squad may not have adequate time to rest and recover before resuming their normal Econet Premier League duties.
Bantu head coach James Madidilane admitted his players are still tired and have not fully recovered from their LNIG Top 8 tie against Majantja this past weekend and expressed his worries about fatigue catching up with his team.
“Honestly, the (MGC Soccer Spectacular) tournament is going to affect us especially with regards to fatigue. We have to keep working because it is playing during a break and we are actually tired from our previous games,” Madidilane said.

“I will not play my regular players because we have to give others a chance, plus we want to avoid injuries so that we are able to defend our (league) title.”
“I don’t want to lie, we have to honour the tournament and sponsors for helping improve our sport but this tournament is not our priority at all,” Madidilane added.
“We want to defend our (league) title and also try to win the Top 8 as we have lost twice in the finals in the past three years but, because we are part of (the MGC Soccer Spectacular), we will participate and we also are thankful for the tournament.”

The only player missing for Bantu this weekend will be striker Mokone Marabe who is out with an injury. Madidilane said he is hopeful Marabe will have recovered by the time the league returns.

MCG Soccer Spectacular fixtures:

Saturday

Matlama vs. Sefotha-fotha (09:30)

LCS vs. Likhopo (11:30)

Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 (16:00)

Sunday

Bantu vs. LDF (09:30)

Lioli vs. Kick4Life (11:30)

Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 (16:00)

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