Triple fest at Setsoto

Triple fest at Setsoto

MASERU-For the first time ever, the Econet Premier League will host a triple header of matches on the same day, at the same venue.

The momentous occasion will take place on Saturday at Setsoto Stadium with the first game scheduled to start at 2pm as Kick4Life take on Swallows, followed by Bantu against Likhopo at 4pm. The main event will then be the highly-anticipated clash between eternal rivals Matlama and Lioli at 6pm.
Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) president, Ikarabelle Sello, said the much talked about “soccer fest” was organised in agreement with league sponsors Econet.

Sello said the league is hosting three games in a day as a way to attract supporters to the grounds and to also thank supporters who are regulars at league matches.
Econet and the PLMC are halfway through their M6 million three-year sponsorship pact and Sello admitted some of the things agreed on at the onset are yet to come to fruition and Saturday’s event at Setsoto is part of growing and developing football in the country.

The tickets for the day are already on sale at Computicket outlets.
“We are halfway with our sponsorship with Econet but we realised we are yet to achieve some of the things we agreed on as the PLMC, that’s why we sat down with Econet and planned the soccer fest,” Sello said on Wednesday.
“The main purpose is the development of football,” he continued.

“Nowadays families are reluctant to go to the field (and) we tried to look at things we can do to bring back the supporters to the ground so we can grow sport and the teams can benefit. And also the loyal supporters, let’s thank them by giving them something big; three games in one day for them to come and watch them is another way of attracting the fans to the ground.”

Econet Premiership leaders Matlama go into Saturday’s bonanza fighting for the league title which would be their first in a decade.
A victory this weekend would strengthen their position at the top of the league depending on how second-placed Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) plays.

Lioli, on the other hand, have had a difficult season but have bounced back in recent weeks. ‘Tse Nala’ are on a three-match winning streak and have risen to third place and they are looking to cement a coveted top four spot.

When the two teams met in the first round it was Matlama who claimed the bragging rights and now it remains to be seen which side will come out on top this time around as ‘Tse Putsoa’ and ‘Tse Nala’ headline Lesotho’s first-ever league triple header.

Tlalane Phahla

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