MASERU — Lioli supporters will be given an opportunity to vote for their best players who will receive awards at a ceremony to be held in Teya-teyaneng in July.
The purpose of the ceremony is to honour players who performed well last season.
This is the first time that supporters have been invited to participate at the Lioli best players’ awards ceremony.
Lioli president, Lebohang Thotanyana, said opening this ceremony to the public would increase the team’s fan-base.
Tse Nala, as Lioli is affectionately known, currently have8 000 registered supporters.
Thotanyana said this year’s awards ceremony is going to be bigger compared to the past years.
“For the past years the awards ceremonies have been exclusive to only invited guests but we are this year opening it to all our supporters because we are on a mission to grow the Lioli brand,” Thotanyana said.
He said the club hoped that opening the ceremony to the public would help engage supporters in decision making processes.
“This is going to be the biggest awards ceremony in Lioli history because it is the start of many bigger projects in the club,” he said.
Attracting more supporters and engaging them into voting for players deserving awards is the first step, he said.
Thotanyana said there would also be live performances during the awards, something which has not been done in the past.
“We have an 8 000 strong and loyal support-base which is religiously paying its monthly insurance policies and the team is getting M5 from each policy every month,” he said.
He said the supporters, together with potential fans, would be given an opportunity to witness the ceremony and congratulate their favourite players.
Thotanyana said they would also want to continue building the Lioli brand as Lesotho seeks to professionalise football in 2014.
“More supporters are needed in building and developing our brand as a team,” he said.