|The moment the 2016 LNIG Top 8 was won... Can Lioli repeat in 2017?|
Matlama will face Bantu while defending champions Lioli will meet Likhopo in the quarterfinals of the 2017 LNIG Top 8.
The draw for Lesotho’s premier cup competition was conducted this morning at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena and it produced four mouthwatering ties.
The tournament is sponsored by Lesotho National Insurance Group and this year the total prize money sponsorship is roughly M450 000 with the winner set to take home a cool M100 000.
In the other last eight ties, Sundawana will meet Kick4Life while LDF and LCS will face-off.
The semi-final draw was also conducted. In the first semi-final the winner of Matlama and Bantu will face Lioli or Likhopo. In the second semi, LDF or LCS will meet the winner of Sundawana and Kick4Life.
LNIG boss Ralitapole Letsoela said the company was happy to continue their partnership with the Premier League. This year the LNIG Top 8 will be launching its fourth edition. Lioli won the first edition in 2014 followed by Bantu’s victory in 2015 before Lioli’s success last year.
The quarterfinal first legs will be played on the weekend of February 4 and 5 with the return matches on February 25 and 26. The semi-finals and final will be on April 8 and 9.
2017 LNIG Top 8 Draw:
Q1: Sundawana v Kick4Life
Q2: LDF v LCS
Q3: Likhopo v Lioli
Q4: Matlama v Bantu
S1. Winner Q4 v Winner Q3
S2. Winner Q2 v Winner Q1
Moving to basketball and reigning National Basketball League champions KTA All-Stars have completed the signing of Eric Kalanda from Khubestate. Kalanda’s signing comes just in time for the champions who are lying in sixth place in the NBL standings, two spots outside the playoff places.
KTA face high-flying Lichocha Shooting Rifles when the NBL second round begins on Saturday. The game will be played at the Lehakoe Centre and KTA can’t afford to lose further ground or they could be in danger of losing their crown, even before the playoffs begin.