ALLIANCE Insurance Company has resolved to paying its service fees for the use of Setsoto Stadium for their Alliance Winter Challenge that was initially scheduled for this weekend to the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO).
The tournament was initially scheduled to start yesterday and end today but was moved after WASCO shut down water at Setsoto Stadium over outstanding fees.
Alliance Winter Challenge is an annual tournament played by three teams (Lioli, LCS and Matlama) who are sponsored by the Alliance Insurance Company. They usually invite one team of their choice to bring the number of teams in the two-day competition to four.
Swallows are this year’s guests and will face Lioli while defending champions LCS will play Matlama in a first semifinal.
Last week Alliance postponed the tournament to next weekend.
Alliance Insurance Company marketing and communications coordinator ‘Maphoka Lesoli said they have also resolved to pay the service fees to WASCO so that it would defray the costs owed by the stadium to the utility.
“We were told that there was no water at the stadium so it was not possible for us to use the facility,” Lesoli said.
“We were told that the stadium owes WASCO hence they cut the water connection.”
Lesoli said they agreed with the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) to pay WASCO the fees which they were supposed to pay for the use of the facility.
“We spoke to the LSRC and WASCO and it was agreed that we use the service fees to pay WASCO so that we get water for those two days next weekend,” Lesoli said.
On his part LSRC acting chief executive officer Mofihli Makoele said lack of water at the stadium shows that the stadium funds were mismanaged.
“Remember this stadium was run by the ministry of sports and it was just recently that it was given to us to run and unfortunately it was already deep in debt hence WASCO decide to shut the water service.
“There are actually lot of things that we still need to discuss with the ministry so that when we get the full responsibility of this stadium it will be in good condition and not in debt.
“This stadium has been making lot of money which was supposed to pay for all the services and also for its maintenance but unfortunately it looks like that was not the case,” Makoele said.