National soccer teams get new kit

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MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) will today finally unveil a new kit for all national soccer teams. Lefa last August signed a five-year sponsorship deal that will see a local company, Basutoland Ink, supplying all national teams with the new attire. The deal is believed to be worth between M300 000 and M400 000 a year. Basutoland Ink will also provide kits to the national women’s football squad as well as supporters’ apparel. Lefa communications officer, Mikea Kalati, told the Lesotho Times yesterday that the new national soccer team kit will finally be unveiled today after plans to unveil the kit ran into problems last time. “The unveiling will finally be done today after failing to materialise in the past few months,” Kalati said. He added that other areas of the deal would be clarified at today’s official launch. Apart from supplying kits to all national football teams Basutoland Ink sweetened the deal by promising M5 million cash in incentives to national soccer teams that qualify for any Fifa-accredited tournament. Likuena were expected to be the first to don the new jersey when they took on Burundi in a 2014 World Cup preliminary round qualifier last November. But this failed because the new attire was not yet ready. And then two weeks ago Lefa stopped the official launch of the kit at the eleventh hour after some members of the executive committee expressed reservations over the manner the deal had been handled. In November last year, a ceremony to hand over the kit ran into similar problems and had to be shelved after the sponsor “experienced some technical problems”.

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