By ‘Mamohlakola Letuka
MASERU — Popular fast-food res- taurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) yesterday launched a five- school football and netball tourna- ment at its Maseru Mall outlet.
The tournament, which is part of KFC’s way of giving back to the community, takes place this Sat- urday at Lesotho High School and involves Butha-Buthe, St James Anglican and Lesotho high schools as well as Hoohlo and Ratjomose primary schools.
Speaking at yesterday’s mid- morning launch, KFC supply chain KFC launches schools tourney charge of the team when we play Swaziland.”
The Lesotho Times has learned that Matete will be assisted by Halemakale Mahlaha.
The two are legends of the country’s most successful club, Matlama, having played for the
Sea Point-based outfit and also served in different technical positions over the years.
Matete was coach of the Lesotho under-20 team which played at the 2005 African
Championship in Benin. Since 2006, he has been the Lefa manager, Mokotjo Toloane, said the initiative started last year when KFC sponsored each of the partici- pating schools with football, netball and basketball kit with a combined value of M121, 858,20.
Toloane further announced KFC intends to make the tournament an annual event.
“KFC Lesotho is today launching a new, exciting development initia- tive called KFC Inter School Cup. This initiative began in 2013 as part of KFC’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI), which is a way of giving back to Basotho for the support they have given KFC over the years,” Toloane said.
Toloane said the five schoolswere selected randomly but based on their proximity to KFC outlets.
“The main goal however, is to gradually expand until we cover all parts of the country as the en-
tire population supports KFC,” said Toloane.
The tournament, Toloane further said, is aimed at providing “an alternative setting for young people
to improve friendship-bonds and helping them develop team-spirit whilst competing within a structured form.”
On his part, Ratjomose Primary School teacher, Mabatla Tšoauoa, said the tournament is crucial to
the development of local sport.
“This tournament is very important because it will entice children into sport from a very early age,”
“Sport is very important in students’ lives as it helps them relax their minds and also takes them off
the streets where they end up committing crime.”
Hoohlo Primary School teacher, Mavimbai Mudzinga, on her part, said the KFC initiative had gone a
long way to motivate the students at her institution.
“It has motivated our students so much and KFC has been very witty at advertising as it started
from the roots of the future generation.”