MAFETENG — Bantu are at it again!
The ambitious Mafeteng side will next Saturday launch a mega kit sponsorship deal with sportswear giants Puma.
Puma will supply Bantu with attire — an all yellow home strip and black away kit — in a mega deal over the next three years.
Speaking to the Sunday Express on Thursday, Bantu communications and marketing manager, Bokang Phasumane said the deal would be unveiled at a lavish function at the Bantu Stadium next Saturday.
“We are going to launch Puma at a big event at the Bantu Stadium. All our sponsors will be there,” Phasumane said.
As part of the deal Puma will initially provide the club with 250 replica kits for merchandising.
Bantu are now well-stocked with sponsors.
A Matšo Matebele have Metropolitan as their official sponsor, Sentebale Gap Funeral Service as the official partner and Puma as the team’s technical sponsor.
Bantu were the first team to meet the requirements for an operating license from the Lesotho Football Association two months ago.
On Tuesday they unveiled Sentebale Gap Funeral Service as their official partner at a function at the Golden Hotel in Mafeteng.
The club were given M100 000 for the 2011/12 season by Sentebale.
“The sponsorship is for one season to start with and if we work well then we will renegotiate,” Phasumane said.
The Sentebale’s name will be emblazoned on Bantu’s kit during the 2011/12 season. Phasumane said the deal was a result of Bantu’s gala dinner in May.
“It started at the gala dinner, business people were all invited and we talked with them.
“There are also some Mafeteng businesses that have promised help to the team in the near future,” Phasumane said.
The club will also have the Bantu Funeral Scheme with Sentebale. “To join one has to be a registered member of Bantu, which is M10. Everyone who wants to join has to register with the team,” Phasumane said.
Phasumane said the sponsorship deals were a clear sign on Bantu’s progression.
The team recently launched a supporters’ branch in Qacha’s Nek to add to branches in Mafeteng and Maseru.
A Matšo Matebele who have already said their aim this season is to win the league are also close to completing the signings of eight players.
As part of the preparations for the Vodacom Premier League kickoff against Mpharane Celtics in two weeks time Bantu will play two friendly games in Qacha’s Nek today.
The first game will be against Qacha’s Nek LMPS at 10am followed by a game against Melele before A Matšo Matebele head back home to Mafeteng.
“We are using the games to prepare for the new season,” Phasumane said.