• 27 October, 2018

By Lena

MASERU - The opening Independence Top 4 match between Matlama and Lioli promises to produce fireworks as these two teams have a lot to offer in the domestic cup.

Matlama and Lioli will open this year's Independence Top 4 Cup in a double header that will be followed by another clash featuring Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and Bantu to be played at Setsoto stadium.
Speaking in an interview, Matlama Marketing Manager Mr. Tankiso Moletsane said the Blue and White outfit is ready to conquer this year's cup to end close to 10 seasons without putting their hands on the Independence Cup.
He said the players are raring to go as well as newly signed Teboho Lillane as coach Mr. Mosito 'Carreca' Matela will be spoiled for choice for the starting eleven.
“We have injury free squad and no suspensions meaning that all the players are available for selection,” he highlighted.
Mr. Moletsane appealed to the Matlama followers to paint the Setsoto stadium with blue and while colours, saying the supporters will motivate the team to go an extra mile as the twelve player on the day.
He also emphasised the importance of the well behaving supporters, saying the days for the spectators to misbehave when things do not go their way are gone.
The Marketing Manager conceded however that their clash against Lioli will not be an easy one as their opponents will not come like a sheep ready to be slaughtered, but said they are ready for any resistance.
Equally confident was Lioli's deputy Communications and Marketing Manager, Mr. Motlatsi Mofokeng who said they have a score to settle with their opponents after Matlama beat them in a league game last year.
Again, he said the players will be fighting to reclaim the trophy away from Bantu which is the defending Top 4 champions.
He said all the players are available for selection and that no suspension as coach Mr. Lehlohonolo Thotanyana will have a headache on who to choose for the starting eleven.
However, he said the Ts'oanelo Koetle saga is still pending who has been suspended for missing the doping tests last season, saying the club's management wrote to the Lesotho Football Association to inquire about the player's situation and are still waiting for a response.
He also appealed to not only Lioli followers but soccer loving spectators to fill up the Setsoto stadium in order to watch quality football that will be dished out on the day.
The Independence Top 4 cup is contested by four teams which finished the league in the top 4 bracket and this is the seventh season the tournament has been co-sponsored by Standard Lesotho Bank and Metropolitan Lesotho.
However, Metropolitan Lesotho has since announced that it will be the final year of being part of the partnership immediately after the finals.
Bantu and Lioli are the only teams which have won the cup interchangeably and this year's winners will pocket M200,000 plus a trophy and gold medals.
The four participating teams have also been given M15,000 each to donate to the charity of their choice as part of giving back to the community.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger