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MASERU — Insurance firm Metropolitan Lesotho continued its support of local football by donating M40 000 worth of sporting equipment to Vodacom Premier League side LDF last Thursday.

LDF, who last won the championship in 2004, received 17 jerseys, shorts and socks as well as 17 pairs of Adidas football boots.

It is not the first time Metropolitan has supplied league clubs with gear.

In April the insurance company gave seven teams sporting equipment worth M69 000.

The seven clubs Joy, Lerotholi, Swallows, Mphatlalatsane, Nyenye Rovers, Rovers and Botha Bothe Roses were given team kits, goal nets and footballs.

Metropolitan also donated football kits to Bantu and Linare at the beginning of last season to help promote the game in Lesotho.

Speaking to the Lesotho Times on Friday Metropolitan’s head of retail Bonang Sonopo said it was part of their mission to improve local football.

“If there is a sport that is loved by Basotho, young and old, then it is football. Our focus is on development. That’s why we bought 180 balls to give to schools around the country,” Sonopo said.

He said he had seen improvement in local football.

Metropolitan are also sponsors of the national under-20 team which beat South Africa in a Caf Under-20 Championship qualifier two weeks ago.

“We are the sponsor of the under-20 team. We don’t have signed contract but we are helping the team because the under-20 team is the future, that is where the strong Likuena we want to see will come from,” Sonopo said.

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