MASERU — Lioli Football Club will lock horns with South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic in an international friendly tie at Setsoto Stadium this afternoon.
The Teyateyaneng giants will use the tie to showcase their new Basutoland Ink home and away kit to their supporters.
The kit, sponsored by Alliance Insurance, was officially launched on Wednesday.
Lioli president, Lebohang Thotanyana, said they invited the South African giants for an international friendly to ensure that the league pacesetters get enough match-fitness ahead of the second round.
“Lioli is going to use this match to officially showcase its new kit to the nation as well as ensuring that we keep the momentum ahead of the second round,” Thotanyana said.
“As the league pacesetters and strong 2012/13 league title contesters we need to get adequate match-fitness ahead of the second round.”
He said they believed this afternoon’s encounter will help boost Tse Nala players’ morale.
The entrance fee has been set at M50 for all stands. Thotanyana said supporters’ Basutoland Ink replica jerseys are priced at M270 each.
Basutoland Ink co-owner, Bokang Kheekhe, said they are honoured to dress a premier league team like Lioli.
“We want to thank Lioli for taking such a big chance by dropping Umbro for a small but growing local clothing brand, Basutoland Ink,” Kheekhe said.
He said it took a lot of sweating and patience to come up with the Lioli kit.
“We also try our best to produce the best clothing brand in the country,” he said.
He said the second batch of the Lioli kit — fashion caps, tracksuits and hoodies and string bags — will be launched by the end of next month.
Lioli kit designer, Bokang Mokoma, was thrilled with the final product.
“It was a big task to come up with a corporate identity which people will easily identify with Lioli as a big brand and we are happy with the outcome and quality of the product,” Mokoma said.
Basutoland Ink designs and supplies national football teams with kits as well.
Probable Lioli line-up: Liteboho Mokhehle, Albert Maseka, Mafa Moremoholo, Thabo Masualle, Shetsane Ramoseka, Tšoanelo Koetle, Bafokeng Mosala, Bushy Moletsane, Maba Junior, Motlalepula Mofolo, Tšepo Seturumane, Thuso Mankoane, Teboho Lekhooa, Montoeli Sonopo, Robert Mekomba, Monne Pitso and Mohau Koenane.