|Independence Cup champions in 2014...|
Can Lioli do it again?
The Vodacom Premier League and sponsors Metropolitan Lesotho and Standard Lesotho Bank have launched the 2016 edition of the Independence Cup, Lesotho’s oldest cup competition.
The annual four-team showpiece was launched on Wednesday afternoon. It will be staged on the weekend of October 22 and 23 and will mark Lesotho’s 50th year of independence.
To mark the special occasion, Metropolitan and Standard Bank have increased the winner’s prize money by M50 000 to M150 000 giving an added incentive to this year’s contestants – Lioli, Matlama, LCS and Sundawana.
This year’s edition is also set to have a charitable element.
Premier League chairman Leuta Leuta said all four teams have been allocated M10 000 to spend on any community activity of their choice.
To cycling and the annual Lesotho Sky Race, which attracts cyclists from around the world, will begin next Monday. For the first time ever, the mountain bike event will include a ladies team from Lesotho.
The ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB team has entered a female team that will be made up of Lesotho’s top ranked female rider Likeleli Masitise and Botswana cyclist Bakang Ebudilwe.
The six-day race will start on Monday in Ha Ramabanta with a 69 kilometres stage race to Malealea. The Lesotho Sky Race will also pass through Roma before it concludes next Saturday in Semonkong.