Month: March 2015

Soccer to unite Lesotho nation

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MASERU – Lesotho insurance company, Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG), believes its football sponsorship for the LNIG Top 8 Soccer Championship is an initiative uniting the people of Lesotho.

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For the second year running, the LNIG has set aside a M600,000.00 (US$6,000.00) support for top-placed eight team competition in the Vodacom Premier League for the 2014/2015 Top 8 soccer championship which began on January 24-25, 2015.

The LNIG Sales Manager Qamako Mahao told newsline365.wordpress.com yesterday the company was dishing out the lucrative sponsorship to the sport as its social responsibility initiative.

“The LNIG is financially supporting the football competition as part of its giving back to the Basotho clients who have supported the company. The initiative is meant to boost football competitiveness,” explained Mahao.

Qamako Mahao, Sales Manager LNIG
Qamako Mahao, Sales Manager LNIG

He said LNIG’s involvement in sport is also viewed as an additional incentive for entertainment that transcends any potential social divisions.

The competition is the highest prize offering by an insurance business in Lesotho after it was increased from M300,000.00 (US$3,000.00) in the previous tpurnament.

The 2014/2015 LNIG Top 8 Soccer Championship is run under the Premier League Management Committee and the football’s governing body Lesotho Football Association (LeFA). It has seen soccer giants Matlama, Bantu, FC Likhopo, Lesotho Correctional Service, Lesotho Defence Force, Linare, Lioli and Qoaling Highlanders making an entry into the challenge.

Already, four of the teams, Lioli, holders of the 2013/2014 LNIG Top 8 trophy and M40,000 first prize money, their closed neighbours Linare, Lesotho Defence Force and not much-fancied Qoaling Highlanders have already kissed good-bye to this year’s finals.

LNIG will give out M100,000.00 (US$10,000.00), M80,000.00 (US$6,000.00), M60,000 and M50,000 (US$5,000.00) to the winners, the runners-up, third and fourth-placed clubs at a two-day show-piece on March 21-22, 2015.

The four clubs that suffered defeat in the quarterfinals are to obtain a participating consolation fee of M30,000.00 (US$3,000.00) each.

New Coalition Government in Lesotho wants the fired army general back

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Lesotho army and police yesterday's march for peace and reconciliation
Lesotho army and police march for peace and reconciliation in Maseru following several confrontations and signing of MSA

With security issues remaining high on the agenda of the peace and stability talks facilitated by the South Africa Deputy President Cyrial Ramaphosa, the yet to be sworn in leaders of the new coalition government, Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili and his deputy Mothejoa Metsing have declared the fired Lt. General Tlali Kamoli commander of the Lesotho Defense Force (LDF).

Addressing a press briefing to announce their seven political parties coalition to form the government following the 28th February, 2015 general elections, Mosisili and Metsing are adamant  that Lesotho does not have security problems.

“The problem was Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane,” so said Mosisili who is now to lead Lesotho with Metsing being his deputy.

Kamoli who was sent to leave of absence under the Maseru Security Accord (MSA) is reported by the media here as being stuck in the Republic of South Africa following reports that he was declined placement by some Africa countries.

Circumstances surround security threat in Lesotho included bombing of the Commissioner of Police Khothatso Ts’oana’s residence and that of the house of the Prime Minister’s girl friend Liabiloe Ramoholi, attempted coup onthe 28th August, 2014, army and police shootout at the residence of the Government Secretary Moahloli Mphaka and crossfire among army personnel in Maseru on the 1st February, 2015.

Maparankoe Mahao is South Sudan on the leave of absence under the MSA.

Hot Lesotho soccer tournament starts

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MASERU- Exactly 15 days from now the turf will be set as a blistering stage for the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 soccer championship.

The four last football teams that will take to the turf on March 21 from the Vodacom Premier League are Bantu, Matlama, FC Likhopo and the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) after they clearly surged through in the quarterfinals.

Eager to send a caution to their rivals, Bantu, A Mat’so Matebele walloped Qoaling Highlanders with an aggregate of 11-1, a thriller only imaginable in distant history while Maseru’s Matlama, Tse Putsoa, narrowly saw their remarkable history against the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF0 with a 3-2 aggregate after an initial 2-1 win against the army side.

FC Likhopo made a solid showdown when they dumped Linare of Leribe in a 2-1 round-up, seeing Tse Tala of Leribe going for exit in this lucrative soccer show piece with a M600,000 prize money at stake.

On other side, the 2014 LNIG Top 8 winners Lioli of Berea were inflicted a hard to heal wound when the LCS handed them a 1-0 aggregate after a goalless draw on January 24. That fall from grace as Lioli are current holders of the same championship, left the club out of contest for the first prize money of M100,000.

The four teams that were booted out at the quarterfinal stage are each to pocket M30,000 as consolation for being among the top eight teams on the Vodacom Premier League table for the 2013/2014 soccer season.

Now, when the whistle will be blown on final weekend of the competition on March 21, Bantu will come to the fore, fresh from an exit from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Championship defeat to A S Magasport of Gabon in a 1-0 overall of a two-game tussle, against FC Likhopo at the Setsoto Stadium.

A winner in that battle will put them into the final against a winner between Matlama and LCS to decide on which clubs will fight for laying hands on the prestigious trophy. The second placed team will enjoy an M80,000 gain while the third positioned will go home with a M60,000 feat. The last one will get a M50,000 thank-you.