MASERU — Four teams that are battling for premier league survival. Nyenye Rovers, Mpharane Celtic, Qoaling Highlanders and Joy received a timely boost when they were handed kits by NBC Holding on Thursday.
The playing kit includes 14 pairs of soccer boots for each team.
NBC Holding administrator, Papali Thejane, told a media briefing that the sponsorship is part of their initiative to give back to the communities and also play a role in uplifting the standard of football in the country.
“The premier league bosses knocked at our doors on behalf of the teams and we were also happy to make a contribution by helping these four clubs with the playing kit and soccer boots,” Thejane said.
“It is not the first time that our company has chipped in to help the premier league teams as we handed a similar sponsorship last year and we will continue to do the same in the future.”
She said they expect the four teams to do them proud in the remaining matches and in future activities.
Speaking on behalf of the clubs, Tšepo Molapo, from Joy, thanked NBC Holdings for the sponsorship.
“Maybe if the sponsorship had come earlier these teams would not be at the wrong end of the premier league table,” Molapo said.
“We are very thankful because it has become such a difficult task running clubs as it requires big amounts of monies, but assistance with the kit and soccer boots means that clubs will have a break to breathe.”
“Teams are struggling without sponsorship as we have to put all the needs of players in place, but we continue to struggle due to lack of funds,” said Molapo.
He said the sponsorship came at the right time when the four teams are fighting for premier league survival and it will boost the morale of the players in the remaining two crucial matches of this campaign.
Premier league boss, Lebohang Thotanyana, also thanked NBC Holdings for the sponsorship.
“We as the premier league felt the need to help some of our clubs who have been struggling to get sponsors,” Thotanyana said.
“Our goal as the league body is to see the standard of football improving and that is only possible when the resources are available,” he said.
Joy and Qoaling Highlanders have bigger chances of avoiding relegation provided they win today’s matches.
Nyenye Rovers and Mpharane, who are occupying the last two positions in the league standings, are likely to fight for their top flight status in the end of the season playoffs.