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Lioli pens three-year deal with Umbro

Moorosi Tsiane

ECONET Premier League giants Lioli on Wednesday announced the Cape Town based sports apparel company, Umbro, as their new technical sponsor for the next three seasons.

This was said by the Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana at an event at the Alliance Insurance company headquarters in Maseru where Tse Nala launched their new outfit for the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season.

Thotanyana said apart from the home and away playing gear, cones, markers, windbreakers, zippers, track pants, training shoes, push-inns, management and technical team t-shirts which they got from Umbro, they have also spent close to M400 000 on 1000 replica jerseys for their supporters.

“This deal is for three years and is renewable, actually Umbro wanted us to sign five years but we proposed that it be three years and be renewable,” Thotanyana said.

“Apart from all the stuff we got as part of the deal, we also spent M400 000 for 1000 replica jerseys.”

The Lioli boss said they have also bought tournament attire which comes without the logo of their sponsors, Alliance, which will be used for domestic cups like the Top8 and the Top4 tournaments.

“We have also spent about M40 000 on the tournaments jersey. Unlike this formal jersey which we will use in our league matches and is branded with the Alliance logo, this one doesn’t come with a logo. We have reserved the space for the logo of the tournament sponsors,” he said.

Thotanyana said the jersey will be a motivation for his struggling side as they still have two trophies to play for this season after they have already bagged two.

“We have already won two cups this season (Top4 and the Alliance Winter Challenge) and we still have the league title and the Top8 on offer, so this jersey will be a motivation for the team because we have waited too long for it to arrive.

“There were three reasons for the delay one of which is because we delayed to submit our documents to Umbro,” he said.

Thotanyana, who returned into the Lioli leadership a fortnight ago after he had resigned from his position late last year, admitted that they were having challenges as a team but said they have since resolved them.

“There were some challenges in the team but we took remedial action and I am proud to say that things are getting back on track and we just need to be patient,” Thotanyana said.

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