By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — Likuena coach, Leslie Notši, on Thursday thanked two local companies for rewarding national team players following their commendable performance at the Cosafa tournament in Zambia last month.
The Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) and Nthane Brothers gave the 25 national team members cheques of M12 000 each.
“It is a major boost to our team going forward and ahead of the last 2014 World Cup qualifier away to Sudan on September 6,” Notši said.
He thanked both companies for their continued support over the years.
The two companies pledged to donate M150 000 each to the team during a gala dinner that was held by the Minister of Gender, Youth Sports and Recreation, Thesele Maseribane some few weeks ago.
“This also makes our job as the technical team easy as we will be dealing with a group of motivated players,” Notši said.
The Likuena mentor said they appreciate the support from the two companies and said he hoped the reward will motivate the players to do well in their assignment.
“It is also a challenge for the players to always wear their national team colours with pride and always give their best in the field of play,” said Notši.
“We have always been lagging behind in this department but it is very good that at last our players are also getting the recognition and support that they deserve,” he said.
He said the support will also make other players who are not part of the team to double their efforts.
Likuena players are expected to troop into camp on Monday as they start preparations for their last World Cup match.
“Our plan was to start our preparations earlier because I have realised that we play well after having adequate time to prepare,” Notši said.
The coach said he will now be racing against time to get his team ready for the Sudan match.
He said it is always difficult for clubs to release their players once the season has started.
“I’m hoping that they will be able to co-operate as always,” he said.