Kalake strikes it rich

Kalake strikes it rich

MASERU – Bantu star Hlompho Kalake yesterday walked away with a whopping M17 500 at the 2016/17 league awards hosted by Vodacom at Bambatha Tsíta Sports Arena.  The Bantu ace was voted the 2016/17 Player and Players’ Player of the Season.
Each award carried M10 000 and M7 500 respectively.

Kalake was a standout performer last season as Bantu clinched the league title bringing to an end Lioli’s dominance in local football.
Bantu’s triumph was more remarkable as the club was celebrating their 90th anniversary. It was also James Madidilane’s first season in charge of the team and he walked away with M5 000 for the Coach of the Season. These awards were supposed to have been held last year in June but due to uncertainty over the sponsorship between Vodacom and the premier league they had to be shelved.

Kalake said he won the award through hard work and said he will continue to work hard. He dedicated his triumph to his teammates saying if it was not because of them and their support he would not have won the awards.

“I am very happy to have won this award, I was nominated in two categories with (the country’s) best players, winning ahead of Tsóanelo Koetle and Bokang Mothoana is incredible because they are very good players so I am very happy,” he said.

“I also want to thank my teammates because it is because of them that I won. I want to motivate young players that are upcoming that they need to work hard in their careers and that it is only through hard work that they can win,” he said.

Present at the awards was premier league chairman John Leuta who congratulated the winners and thanked Vodacom Lesotho for the role it played in local football. He also urged the winners to use their prize monies wisely and help their families.

Winners:

Assistant Referee of the year – Puleng Mahomo (M3 500)

Referee of the year – Lebalang Mokete (M5 000)

Young Player of the Year – Bonang Mohapi (M5 000)

Coach of the year – James Madidilane (M5 000)

Player’s Player of the year – Hlompho Kalake (M7 500)

Luciah Phahla

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