MGC to host sports extravaganza

MGC to host sports extravaganza

MASERU – Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) will host a sport extravaganza in March in celebration of a new school opening in Mantšonyane.

The opening of the state of the art Bocheletsana primary and high school is highly anticipated in the Mantšonyane community and MGC is not only planning to launch the school but to also give back to the community.

As a build-up to the main event, there will be a four team football tournament between Econet Premier League side Matlama, Lioli, Bantu and Kick4Life at Setsoto Stadium on March 16.
The two top teams from the tournament will then travel to Mantšonyane to play a team from the area and one from Thaba-Tseka. The four teams will share prize money of M400 000 equally.

The tournament will be called the MGC Soccer Spectacular.
Speaking of behalf of MGC Soccer Spectacular, Baba Malephane said despite prize-money being shared equally by the four teams, the winning team will receive a trophy. He also said organisers choose the premier league participants depending on their performances in the league.

“On the 16th March 2019, the soccer games will be held at Setsoto Stadium.
“There will be no prize money (after the games at Setsoto) but all these four teams will share the prize of M400 000 equally.
“The winning team will get the trophy and medals while second placed team will get medals,” Malephane said.

Football is not the only sport that locals can look forward to; a Bocheletsana marathon will also take place.
Mofihli Makoele from the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission’s (LSRC) marathon organisers said they visited MGC offices to ask for assistance for the Bocheletsana marathon which is held in Thaba-Tseka every year.

He said the cost of hosting the half marathon and the 5 kilometre race is M54 000. MGC will cover the cost and has subsidised the commission with a further M54 000.

The total money, including prizes, has been doubled to M216 000.
“MGC subsidised us with M54 000 on top of M54 000 of prizes we offer, in this event MGC has doubled the total of M108 000 to M216 000,” Makoele said.

With the athletes; prize monies doubled this year, Makoele said organisers are expecting more participants to register.
Mamotake Matekane, who is the head of corporate communication and marketing at MGC, said the company through its corporate social investment felt it is about time the school was opened.

“It’s time for the school to be opened; the school will not only provide education but also create jobs to the nearby communities,” she said.
“What you can see now, it is the beginning. We are about to create something huge in the community. MGC is already supporting sports but we are making it official.”

Refiloe Mpobole


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