PREMIER league side Likhopo this week received a shot in the arm from SVB Services with 30 new pairs of soccer boots.
According to Likhopo team manager Qamako Mahao the partnership with the security service provider was in its second year, having started ahead of the 2015/16 season.
Mahao said every year the two parties discuss the team’s needs hence this year’s soccer boots sponsorship worth M35 000.
“We have a three-year sponsorship deal with SBV and each year they provide us with different things based on what we need most,” Mahao said, adding, “in the end we agreed on 30 pairs of soccer boots for our players. This comes at the right time soon after the start of the new season.
“We believe the sponsorship is a huge motivation and will play a massive role in us doing well this season.”
Mahao said following the appointment of former Likuena captain Tšepo Hlojeng as head coach, they aimed to win a trophy this season.
“While we pay the players ourselves, the SBV sponsorship will ensure the team is presentable and boost the players’ confidence. Now they should do their talking in the field of play,” he said.
“The mandate of our new coach is to win a trophy in any cup competition this season,” the Likhopo team manager said.
He said the team had gone for several seasons without winning a trophy and that did not sit well with management.
“It does not give a good projection for a well-sponsored team like ours. So we want to do better and compete for trophies because we have a good team,” Mahao said.
Likhopo lost their opening match 0-2 to Kick4Life, but Mahao remained optimistic they would soon find their rhythm and become the force they were a decade ago.
The Red Army’s best years came during the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons when they won back to back league titles and went on to represent the country in the African Champions’ League.