Insurance giant, Metropolitan Lesotho, on Friday donated football and netball equipment worth M75 000 to Maseru Central Region primary schools.
The equipment—comprising balls, nets, and uniform—was handed over during a ceremony held at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
The schools are using the kit in the District Final Zone Competition, which started on Friday and ends today in Ha-Lesia, Nazareth.
Metropolitan Lesotho Marketing and Communications Consultant, Tšokolo Makeka told the Sunday Express the equipment was a token of appreciation for the support Basotho continue to give the company.
“The donation goes towards the tournament which will be taking place from today in Ha-Lesia, Nazareth, and will be used by all the teams participating in the three-day competition, which ends on Sunday.
“These incentives are a token of Metropolitan Lesotho’s gratitude to the parents, teachers and communities that are raising these children, for their years of loyalty and support to our organisation,” Makeka said.
“We believe that investing in the sporting development of children at primary school level will increase the quality of talent that the national structures and indeed, local soccer teams, would have.
“It also broadens the talent base from which to choose from and bring about significant sustainable change in sport in Lesotho.
“We believe that getting them early at grassroots will yield better results for the future as attested by the fact that the Premier League’s top goalscorer last season was a product of this very tournament.”
On his part, the Principal Education Officer for Maseru, Ralibakha Ralibakha thanked Metropolitan for the gesture and reiterated that sport is very important in the development of children.
“Sport is very important in the development of our children. Discipline and dedication are key characteristics that children learn through participating in different sporting codes, that they can carry through for the rest of their lives,” Ralibakha said.