MASERU — Matlama supporters have come up with an incentive scheme for the team’s outstanding player during each of their remaining league matches.
With six matches to go and leading by 10 points, Tse Putsoa are on course for their ninth title and first since 2003.
Club supporters from the Sea Point branch are pooling their resources together to help cheer the team all the way to the finishing line.
Since their fixture against Bantu on March 13, the supporters have been giving Matlama’s man of the match M500.
Midfielder Lebakeng Lebetsa was the first recipient.
A representative of the supporters, Ts’epo Ramafole, told the Lesotho Times that they decided to introduce the scheme because the team’s executive committee was allegedly not doing anything to motivate the players.
“The Sea Point branch has decided to give a M500 incentive to the best player of the match after every game,” Ramafole said.
“We had no option but to introduce this incentive because our executive committee was not doing anything to motivate the players.
“The purpose is to motivate the players because of their extra effort in trying to win the league.”
Ramafole said Matlama’s management was at first against the idea.
“There was a strong resistance from our committee during the first two games after we introduced this incentive,” he said.
“They are now okay with it and it is going on smoothly,” he said.
He said the man of the match was chosen by a three-man panel made up of former players or ex-coaches of the team.
“The best player of the match is chosen by a panel of three people who attend games and make their own judgment,” Ramafole said.
“These people are former players or coaches of Matlama.”
Ramafole said they were planning to pay every player for the last game of the league.