The 2015 Independence Cup tournament played at Setsoto Stadium last weekend realised M190 000 in gate-takings, according to premier league chairperson John Leuta.
Bantu beat defending champions Lioli 15-14 on penalties in the final to lift the silverware and pocket the M110 000 winners’ prize, while LCS prevailed 6-5 over Matlama, also in a penalty shootout, to claim third place.
The tournament is co-sponsored by Metropolitan Lesotho and Standard Lesotho Bank to the tune of M1.8 million through a three-year contract the two firms signed with the premier league last season.
Teams which end the premiership campaign in first to fourth positions qualify for the competition held as part of celebrations marking the country’s independence. Lesotho gained independence from Britain on 4 October 1966.
According to Leuta, who is also Bantu Football Club president, this year’s competition was yet another roaring success.
“We are very happy with the support the tournament received from the public,” Leuta said.
“It was a very successful competition and we managed to collect M190 000 in gate-takings.”
Leuta said the money would be used to pay for expenses incurred during the tournament, with the balance shared among the participating teams.
“We are very grateful to the sponsors, Standard Lesotho Bank and Metropolitan Lesotho, for continuing to support this competition,” said Leuta.
“I think everything was up to standard; the performance of the teams was also top notch and in the end, we were happy with how the two days passed.”
Regarding his team’s win over Lioli, Leuta: “It has become the norm to reward our players every time they win titles and it will be no difference this time around. I cannot reveal how much the players are going to get because that decision will be collectively made by the management.”