Maloisane wins big

Maloisane wins big

MASERU – Bantu ace Peter Maloisane was smiling all the way to the bank following last Friday’s Econet Premier League end of season awards show.
The ceremony was held at Avani Lesotho to recognise the top performers from the 2017/18 campaign and the star of the night turned out to be Maloisane as he walked away with both the Players’ Player and Player of the Season awards and a cool combined jackpot of M17 500.

The accolades were a fitting reward for Maloisane who starred for Bantu last season helping the club to a league and Independence Cup double.
Affectionately known as Chukwu by the Mafeteng faithful, the 2017/18 season was the former Bloemfontein Celtic winger’s best with ‘A Matšo Matebele’ since joining the side in 2016.
Last month Maloisane signed a new contract with Bantu after his dazzling displays had attracted the attention of Swaziland champions Mbabane Swallows amongst others.
The end of season awards were organised by the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) and league sponsors Econet and the premier league’s secretary general, Sefako Seema, commended the teams for making the campaign competitive.

He promised Econet it will not regret for coming back to local football.
Last September, Econet returned as premier league sponsors with a record M6 million deal over three seasons after eight years away.
It was a challenging first campaign in which Sundawana were expelled from the league after failing to honour fixtures while eventual champions Bantu were tainted by several scandals through the season.

Nevertheless, Seema was upbeat about the future.
“This is one of the events that mark the hard work that was shown throughout the season,” Seema said.
“Our league had no sponsor but Econet rescued us and I want our sponsors to know that their decision to sponsor the league does not end with sporting activities because their sponsorship it changes the players’ lives, the people around them and the whole community,” he added.

“As a football fraternity we are going to make sure that Econet does not regret this partnership. This season was highly competitive.”
Econet’s acting chief executive officer, Dennis Plaatjies, encouraged players to keep working hard.
“Today is a special day, a day that comes after the closure of the season in football and it is also a day that we will reward premier league players because every team will be rewarded,” Plaatjies said.
“Last year Econet made a pledge to play a role in improving football in Lesotho; we signed an agreement of M6 million with the Premier League Management Committee. In the agreement we also made a pledge to award players after the season is complete from the first placed team to the last,” Plaatjies said.
“This happens for the first time in Lesotho football history,” he continued.

“As Econet we know that our teams are facing challenges financially, we know that every team wants to be winners. Teams being rewarded does not mean players should relax just because they know they will get a reward even if they don’t make it to the first place. What we want is competition for the trophy and half a million (winner’s prize).”
Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) president Salemane Phafane also applauded Econet.

Phafane said despite the challenges faced last season, the campaign was still exciting and he appealed to other companies to join Econet in sponsoring football.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was the minister of sport, ‘Mahali Phamotse.
The night not only saw individual award winners walk away with bundles of cash but clubs also received their prize money from last season’s campaign based on their final positions.
Bantu being the Econet Premier League champions received a whopping M500 000 cheque while Lioli, who finished second, got M200 000.
Award winners (prize money in brackets):

Referee of the Year – Osias Koto (M5 000)
Assistant Referee of the Year – Lesupi Puputla (M3 500)
Young Player of the Season – Mokoteli Mohapi (Kick4Life M5 000)
Player’s Player of the Season – Peter Maloisane (Bantu M7 500)
Coach of the Year – James Madidilane (Bantu M7 500)
Goalkeeper of the Season – Monaheng Ramalefane (Matlama M7 500)
Top Goalscorer – Masoabi Nkoto (Kick4Life M9 000)
Player of the Season – Peter Maloisane (Bantu M10 000)

Teams’ prize money (in order of league placing):
Champions: Bantu – M500 000
Lioli – M200 000
LDF – M120 000
Matlama – M100 000
LCS – M75 000
Kick4Life – M70 000
LMPS – M65 000
Majantja – M60 000
Liphakoe – M55 000
Linare – M50 000
Sefotha-fotha – M45 000
Likhopo – M40 000
Sky Battalion – M35 000

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