Lioli set for return to TY base

Lioli set for return to TY base

Maseru – Teyateyaneng giants Lioli are set to return to their TY home base after the completion of the M1 million upgrades on their ground.
For the past two years the 2016 champions have played their home fixtures at the national stadium, Setsoto, in Maseru, roughly 40 kilometres away from TY.
However, tomorrow Minister of Sport Kabelo Mafura will hand over Lioli’s ground to the club’s executive committee.

‘Tse Nala’ haven’t played at their beloved ground since the 2014/15 season when the club decided to replace the dirt pitch with grass.
The construction work began last year and the costs, which have run up to M1 million according to club insiders, have been covered by the Ministry of Sports.
The upgrades include a new grass pitch and fully furnished dressing room facilities.

Lioli communication and marketing manager Tšeliso Lerata said the club’s management will decide when ‘Tse Nala’ will begin using the field. He said the side will continue to play their home games at Setsoto for the meantime to allow their TY ground to be ready.

“I don’t think the ground will be used immediately,” Lerata said.
“Three or four games will continue to be played at Setsoto Stadium because you do realise we are coming from the winter season and the grass is still dry. We want to give it some time to grow before we can play. But the executive committee will decide after the handover (on Friday).”
The development of their team’s ground will no doubt delight Lioli’s fans who have been forced to make the frequent hike from TY to Setsoto to watch their side.
“To the supporters this is a big thing,” Lerata said.

“Remember our fans were travelling from TY to Maseru to watch the club but it will not happen anymore. They suffered for a long time. Some (fans) are not even working but they would spend their last money to go watch the club.” Lerata added that Lioli’s return to TY is an opportunity for the local community to reap economic benefits.
However, the team’s big games against Bantu and Matlama will still be played at Setsoto for security reasons, he said.
“I think some of the games will still be played at Setsoto Stadium,” Lerata said.
“Some of the big games, for example, a game against the likes of Bantu, will go to the stadium considering things like security.”

Luciah Phahla

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