Makoanyane XI get M550 000 boost

Makoanyane XI get M550 000 boost

MASERU  – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) received a M550 000 shot in the arm from Metropolitan Lesotho yesterday to sponsor the country’s Under-20 side, the Makoanyane XI. Metropolitan’s sponsorship of the Under-20 team will be for the next three years.
The insurance company has been a backer of LEFA’s youth set-up since 2002 but the partnership had stalled in recent years.
However, Metropolitan is back and with its biggest ever deal for the Under-20 side.

Yesterday’s jovial sponsorship re-launch also included the official welcoming ceremony for the Makoanyane XI from their exploits at the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championship last month in Zambia.
Leslie Notši’s charges exceeded all expectations at the regional youth showpiece by reaching the final before gallantly going down 2-1 to South Africa.
Speaking at the ceremony, Metropolitan’s Tšokolo Makeka congratulated the Makoanyane XI’s players and technical staff and urged the team to keep their good work.

“When you are investing something it is not always that you will see the results immediately like we are seeing now with the Under-20,” Makeka said.
“It is an honour for us as sponsors to stand before this team and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you. It is not always that we have something to celebrate for our national teams. It is a great day because this is what we call history in the making. I want to say you have done us proud, not just as sponsors but you have done the nation proud.”

Makeka added: “We wish you all the best in future. Just as it has been mentioned, our journey with LEFA dates way back and we are happy that for the next three years Metropolitan will sponsor Lesotho’s national Under-20 with M550 000 to help the team with everything they need when training and going to (international) tournaments.”

Speaking at the same ceremony, LEFA president Salemane Phafane thanked and praised Metropolitan.
He further congratulated the Under-20 side saying the determination they showed before leaving for Zambia indicated they intended to go far in the tournament.

Phafane urged the football fraternity to support companies that grow Lesotho sport and he noted that Metropolitan is also involved in sponsoring the annual Independence Cup showpiece. “We thank the businesses that have come on board in working with us to ensure our football grows, companies like Metropolitan, Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) and other companies,” Phafane said.

“We should support the companies that invest in sports because it is because of these companies that we can grow, and they expect us to meet them halfway too and help them to grow,” he added. “Let’s stop supporting people who don’t invest in sports. Let’s not expect the companies to give to us while we support others.”

Luciah Phahla

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