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Lioli get wrong kit

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — Lioli Football Club officials and players were in for a shock on Wednesday when they received a wrong kit from their supplier.
The kit from Umbro did not have Lioli’s famous colours of maroon and gold.
Instead the colours on the kit belonged to one of their fiercest rivals, Swallows and Rovers who have black and white and red and white colours, respectively.
But as if this was not enough, the quality of the jersey with the Rovers colours was poor.
Even the sizes for the soccer boots were also not correct. Most of the boots were between sizes nine and 11. Most Lioli players use boots that range between size seven and eight.
The only things that were correct were the Lioli and Alliance Insurance logos.
Lioli officials who had gathered for the unveiling of the new kit were clearly not amused.
“We are returning this kit because there was a serious mix-up,” Lebohang Thotanyana, the Lioli president, said.
Thotanyana said they were not happy with the mix-up because Tse Nala’s current jersey has faded and is getting worn-out.
“We’ve been on the phone with the suppliers to try and sort out this mix-up and we hope to get the correct order within three weeks,” Thotanyana said.
Mohapinyane Taole, Alliance Insurance financial director, said it was unfortunate the “opening of the consignment was full of negative surprises”.
“This is not the attire that we ordered for Lioli and we are very sorry that the supplier did not keep his promises.
“We proof-read the order and we were sure that they (Umbro) could not go wrong because this is not the first time they have supplied us with Lioli’s kit.
“Hence we did not have a reason to doubt them until after the opening of the consignment,” Taole said.
This order however turned into a windfall for Tse Nala after Umbro ruled that Lioli could keep it.
“Umbro has just sent an e-mail informing us that we should not return this consignment.
“They are giving it to us for free and they will start working on our order right away,” Thotanyana said after the press conference.
Lioli — through their premier sponsor Alliance Insurance — ordered the soccer kit from supplier Umbro four months ago.

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