Matlama chases rare double

Matlama chases rare double

…………Club takes on LMPS in bid to defend LNIG Top 8…..

MASERU – Matlama will start the defence of their Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 title against Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) when the quest for the country’s premier club crown begins on March 2.
‘Tse Putsoa’ and ‘Simunye’ were amongst eight trophy contenders who learned their quarterfinal fates on Tuesday during a vibrant draw at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena and the stage is set for the action to get underway in two weeks’ time.
Matlama currently lead the Econet Premier League and dangling in front of them is the appetising carrot of claiming a rare league and cup double.

The first hurdle will be a tricky one as Thabile Secker’s charges will go up against a LMPS side that is struggling in the league but has enough talent to outclass anyone on their day.
Still, there must have been sighs of relief among Matlama’s contingent in the knowledge their draw could have been tougher.

As it is, Matlama will fancy their chances against a side they have not lost to since 2015.
In arguably the standout tie of the round, three-time LNIG Top 8 champions Lioli will lock horns with Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in a titanic clash that is a rematch of the 2016 and 2017 finals, both of which ended with ‘Tse Nala’ rejoicing and ‘Masheshena’ hearts broken.
2015 winners Bantu, meanwhile, will face Majantja in a battle for southern bragging rights while Kick4life and Lesotho Defence Force have been drawn together in a match-up of the tournament’s dark horses.

This year’s LNIG Top 8 is the fifth edition of the competition and the champions will walk away with M100 000.
The overall sponsorship package from LNIG is again M1 million though this time it has a provision for the Top 8 Under-17 tournament which was successfully piloted last season.

The Under-17 tournament, which is unique to the LNIG Top 8, will see all eight clubs in the main draw enter a youth team to compete in a competition that will run parallel to the big boys’ main show.
“On behalf of LNIG, we are proud to announce that we are still supporting the Top 8 even though this year the sponsorship will still be M1 million. (The sponsorship money) is for all the logistics and prizes are going to be the same as our previous Top 8 tournament,” LNIG sales manager Liepollo Tsekoa said.

“The M1 million will also cover the Under-17 tournament and its awards,” she added.
“It is such a huge effort from our company and we are asking for support from Basotho because without profits, we cannot sponsor such a big important tournament.”

After the success of last year, the two-legged quarterfinals will also be played as double headers once again.
The first legs will be held on the first weekend of March with the first set of quarterfinals – Bantu versus Majantja and Matlama against LMPS – slated for the LCS Ground on March 2 while the remaining two ties will be played the following day at the Maputsoe DIFA Ground.
Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) chairman, Ikarabele Sello, praised LNIG’s continued sponsorship of the annual tournament which features the top eight league finishers from the previous season.

“What is left now is for all sports fans to support their teams and LNIG so that our sponsor is not discouraged,” Sello added.
“As the Premier League Management Committee, we are very proud that the support is continuing, meaning our sponsor still has that thirst to sponsor our sport.”

Fans will also be thirsty to see which side will be crowned champions in what is an open field with no clear favourite.
All that is known right now is that the winners will end M100 000 richer with the second placed getting M80 000 while the third-placed team will walk away with M60 000.

Fourth place, meanwhile, will pocket M50 000 while the four sides knocked out in the quarters will each take home M30 000.
“The rules and regulations of the tournament have been sent to the eight participating teams,” Sello said.
“Our aim is that the tickets should be sold at Computicket and we are already in negotiations with (Premier League sponsors) Econet so that they also provide a platform for us to sell tickets,” he added.

Judging by the anticipation at Tuesday’s draw, those tickets should sell like hot cakes once they become available. And, once the tournament finally kicks off on March 2, all roads will lead to the LCS Ground.
And, once the tournament finally kicks off on March 2, all roads will lead to the LCS Ground.

Nkheli Liphoto

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