CCX dreams big

CCX dreams big

MASERU-Newly-promoted Econet Premier League outfit, CCX, have big ambitions for their top-flight debut.
The Leribe side were promoted in April and will be making their first ever appearance in the premiership.

They insist they are not planning to go back to A-Division anytime soon, however, CCX are already being hit with the harsh financial realities that come with life in the big league.
CCX is made up of students and in order to survive in the Econet Premier League, a task that has proved daunting for newly-promoted teams in recent seasons, they will need to mix their youth with experience.

Because of their lack of financial might, however, CCX are finding it difficult to attract players and are being forced to rely massively on free deals for players who are out of contracts and those available on loan.
One way CCX are trying to overcome their deficiencies is by restricting their club hierarchy and creating new positions within team management.
One of those positions has brought in former match official Maponyane Letsie.

Letsie has joined CCX as their chief executive officer (CEO) and they have also brought in a new general manager.
While the team is on the lookout for players to bring into the team, they insist they are only looking at players who will benefit the club and not just add the numbers.

The long break has also given the club a bit more time to prepare for the upcoming season and Letsie admitted that if things had been back to normal they probably would have gone into the new season unprepared.
The club is made up of students and they say now that they are in the Premier League they have to start giving players stipends every month and they are struggling to do that without a financial sponsor.

Letsie said the club has been on the lookout for a sponsor and to also form partnerships with business people but so far they are struggling.
“We need financial muscle to compete in the Premier League with other clubs, therefore we need to have a mixture of players, need to bring players in with the experience of playing in the Premier League, we will be coming up against the likes of Bantu, we don’t want to get relegated,” he said.

“At the moment we don’t have a financial sponsor to help with paying the players, no technical sponsor and transportation of players. We are based in Leribe we are going to have to transport players to matches and we are looking at someone who can help with that,” he said.

CCX is set to register the Agric College Hlotse ground as their home ground and Maputsoe DIFA Ground as their alternative ground.
The club’s licensing is still ongoing at Lesotho Football Association (LEFA), although the club has put forward the ground in Hlotse.

There is an expectation that it will be rejected and they will have to share DIFA Maputsoe with Linare, and they are faced with another problem of hiring the ground.
However, the club is aware of bigger gate takings they will get when they host the likes of Bantu, Matlama and Lioli, even though it is still unclear as to when the fans will be allowed to return.

The return of football itself is still unknown.
LEFA last week were invited by the Principal Secretary and Director of Sports at the Ministry of Sports for them to present their plan for the return.

LEFA said there is light at the end of the tunnel but there is still a long way to go. Sports in general are still prohibited in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic; players are still training on their own at home.
Letsie said CCX are looking to form partnerships with clubs outside the country and are already in talks with clubs in Botswana and Venezuela.

As the winners of the North Stream this past season, CCX will pocket M50 000 first prize, they are also set to receive M40 000 from LEFA as a part of the FIFA donated COVID-19 relief fund.

Tlalane Phahla

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