Matlama Queens come to the party

Matlama Queens come to the party

MASERU-When the Covid-19 pandemic began to rampage through Lesotho last year countless people lost their jobs and livelihoods.
Like many others in sports, football players were not immune to the sudden loss of income.

In fact, footballers were probably hit harder when all leagues were shut down last March and only reopened in September.
Not only did players lose the game they love for seven months, their salaries were slashed which made life very difficult given they do not earn a lot as it is.

Numerous footballers struggled to make ends meet without their salaries and, even today, many remain unsure of the future with another lockdown beckoning for Lesotho.
To try and aid their club, last year a group of women Matlama supporters stood up and decided to help the team’s players and technical team.

The group known as Matlama Queens bought groceries for the club’s staff to get them through their difficult times.
The gesture has made a difference and has not gone unnoticed.
Matlama Queens have received widespread praise on social media for their work and passion.

Speaking to thepost on behalf of the Queens, Selloane ‘Molaoa, a founding member, said they do not plan to stop lending a helping hand to their favourite team any time soon.

She said the movement is also seeking help because, like everyone else, they are also struggling in these trying times of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Molaoa said last year the Queens realised that with football suspended and fans unable to attend matches clubs were not making any money which affected the players because their wages had to be cut.

That is when they decided to come together to contribute something towards keeping their team afloat.
“We decided we would come together as women and sit down and see how we could help. We started first with players who do not have jobs outside football,” ‘Molaoa said.

The group began with over 90 members but some dropped out as time went by because they were unable to keep up with payments.
“We were over 90 when we started but, just like any society, there are people who would love to be able to contribute but they can’t, but next time they were able to and we bought groceries,” ‘Molaoa said.

About 15 members of the Matlama first team squad have been recipients of groceries from Matlama Queens.
The list includes key players such as Molikeng Makhebesela, Monaheng Ramalefane, Mohai Mohai, Rethabile Mokokoane, Khoanyana Mokoena, Stephane Essono and Thato Rantsho.

‘Tse Putsoa’ head coach Charles Manda, goalkeeper coach Shokhoe Matsoai as well as two other staff members have also received groceries from the club’s passionate fans.
‘Molaoa said their group has received lots of praises from other Matlama fans who are proud of what they have done so far.

The Matlama Queens, of course, are also very happy with how ‘Tse Putsoa’ have started this Vodacom Premier League season.
The 2019 champions are joint top with Bantu on 12 points after four games, and Matlama look primed to mount another title challenge.

Tlalane Phahla

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