MASERU — Manonyane football club has taken another step towards its rebirth.
The Roma-based club held elections last Sunday to choose a substantive board.
Manonyane became defunct in 1999 mainly due to conflict with the Lesotho Football Association.
However, a management committee has been put in office to spearhead the revival of the team.
Newly elected club president Mohau Thakaso said this was the beginning of big things for the club.
“We have to start by looking for means to restore the pride of the people of Roma,” he told the Lesotho Times this week.
“We want to build a legacy for the whole of Roma on and off the field.
“We want to create employment and we want to create excitement.
“At our first board meeting I am going to propose that we hold a Miss Manonyane pageant to restore that enthusiasm.”
Thakaso was also the leader of a consortium that had successfully negotiated the purchase of Likhopo’s feeder side Little Flowers’ franchise in the A Division.
He said Sunday’s elections will provide a stable base from which to build.
“What is ours now is to raise the funds to purchase Little Flowers,” Thakaso said.
“Before these elections we were just a temporary thing but now we can work towards achieving our plans.
“The people of Roma are thirsty for football. They have not seen their own team for 10 years.
“The idea is to build a good team for the area and we are confident that by the start of the season will have paid the amount (for Little Flowers’ franchise).”
This Sunday a Manonyane select side will challenge Premier League champions Lioli in an exhibition match at Roma.
Manonyane executive board
President: Mohau Thakaso
Vice-president: Metsing Khoete
General secretary: ‘Nali Lephoto
Deputy secretary: Mohlatsi Hlalele
Treasurer: Pitso Lephoto
PRO: ‘Mapaki Mabathoana