THE Minister of Youth, Gender, Sports and Recreation, Mahali Phamotse has given each of the 20 Likuena players M5000 on the eve of the teams’ trip to the regional COSAFA Cup.
Likuena left the country on Thursday ahead of their semi-final clash with Swaziland that took place yesterday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
The Lesotho Football Association, second vice president and the national team head of delegation at the COSAFA Cup, Rantsubise Matete, confirmed that Minister Mahali handed M5000 to each of the Likuena players ahead of the trip.
“The minister came to see and wish the team well ahead of their trip and also handed each of the players M5000,” Matete said.
“It was a great gesture and we are humbled by the minister’s efforts to motivate the team ahead of the big game with Swaziland.”
Matete also confirmed that the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) president, Salemane Phafane has also pledged winning bonuses for the Likuena players for each of their games at the regional competition.
Matete said the football association has promised the players a M5000 bonuses for their quarterfinal and semi-final matches while the amount will be doubled to M10 000 if the team makes it to and wins the final.
He said the incentives are meant to motivate the players as Likuena targets to reach the final to make it to the final of the regional competition for the first time in 18 years.
Lesotho last reached the finals of the COSAFA Cup in 2000 where they lost to Zimbabwe.
In the last two editions of the competition, the team has reached the quarterfinals and semi-finals respectively under Moses Maliehe.
“The LeFA president also wished the team well on the eve of their trip to South Africa and pledged winning bonuses for the team. He pledged M5000 bonuses for the game against Swaziland in the quarter finals and a similar figure for the semi-final.
“But the money will be doubled to M10 000 for each player if they get to the final and win the cup.
“This is part of the association’s plan to motivate the team as our goal for this year’s edition of the tournament was to get to the final and win the competition,” Matete said.