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New baseball tournament on cards

Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Baseball and Softball Association (LBSA) on Friday launched their new two-day tournament in collaboration with Kwese.

Dubbed Spring All Stars Softball Classic, the tournament will take place at Maseru Club on the 29th and the 30th of this month.

LBSA public relations officer, Lisema Mapetla, told a media briefing in Maseru on Friday that the tournament comes after telecommunication giants Econet Telecom Lesotho approved their proposal to sponsor the initiative which will see eight teams from four regions battling each other for Kwese decoders as first prizes.

“We are proud to launch our new tournament which will be bankrolled by Econet,” Mapetla said.

“This is going to be a two-day tournament which will be played by eight teams (four female and four male).

“We have asked our teams from the four regions (North, North central, South and South Central) to form temporary squads so that we have four teams from each region per category.”

He said the four teams in each category will start with a round robin format on Saturday while they will also play in a knock out on Sunday.

“All the four teams will play each other and the first and second placed teams will face each other for the first prize in the final on Sunday. The third and fourth teams will also compete for the third place on Sunday. Each player from the winning teams in both the male and female categories will get Kwese decoders.”

Mapetla expressed gratitude to the sponsors and said the initiative would help them fulfill their mission of seeing the sport growing in different parts of the country.

“We are also on a mission to see this sport growing throughout the country so this sponsorship came at the right time hence we have asked our teams through their managers that they select players in their respective regions and form temporary teams. The teams will be disbanded immediately after the tournament so that the arrangement does not affect our league schedules,” he said.

On her part Econet public relations officer Puleng Litabe said they have sponsored the tournament with 40 decoders. She said 32 decoders will go to the players while seven will go to the executive committee members and one will be given to a supporter.

“Econet wants to see Lesotho sports growing and this is why we are trying to get involved in different sporting codes. The reason we are sponsoring with these decoders is because it comes with over 60 channels and seven of them are sport channels so they will be able to watch and learn to improve their skills.

“We are giving out 40 decoders and they will be shared among the winners (16 from each team, seven will go to the LBSA executive committee members and the remaining one will go to an outstanding supporter of their choice.

“All the decoders come with a one month free subscription and installation,” Litabe said.


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