Lioli, Matlama clash in Uhuru Cup

Lioli, Matlama clash in Uhuru Cup

MASERU – Lioli and Matlama will clash in this year’s edition of Independence Cup next Saturday after the two football giants were drawn against each other in Wednesday’s draw at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.

The annual showpiece celebrating the country’s independence is contested by four teams that finished at the top of the league the previous season and the winners of last year’s edition Bantu have been drawn against Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) in the other semi-final.

The tournament will take two days with the semi-final next Saturday. The final will be played next Sunday and will be followed by trophy presentation and awards ceremony. Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) president Salemane Phafane urged the teams to tell their supporters and behave while they are at the stadium.
He pleaded with the supporters to stop going to grounds while drunk and although he acknowledged the clubs have been working hard to end this unacceptable behaviour that is becoming a trend in football, Phafane insisted teams have to do more.

Two weeks ago during the launch of the Independence Cup co-sponsors Metropolitan Lesotho announced this is its last year sponsoring the event leaving Standard Lesotho Bank as sole sponsors for next year.

Standard Bank, for its part, said it would review and decide whether to continue its partnership with the tournament.
This winners of the Independence Cup will walk away with M200 000 and there will also be individual awards handed to players impressed at the tournament.

Prizes:

Winners: M200 000
Runners up: M100 000
Third place: M70 000
Fourth place: M50 000

Individual awards

Top Goal scorer: M6 000
Man of the Match: M3 000 (each game)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: M6 000
Player of the Tournament: M8 000
Referee of the Tournament: M4 000
Assistant Referee of the Tournament: M2 000 (2)

Luciah Phahla

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