By Moorosi Tsiane
MASERU — The Prime Minister’s Charity tournament, which was held in Maseru over the weekend, is said to have raised funds to the tune of M142 190 which will be donated to charity organisations.
The two-day football festival was staged at Setsoto Stadium last weekend with eight teams locking horns in knock out stages where South African premier league side, Free State Stars beat local giants Bantu 3-0 in the finals to be crowned champions.
The South African side won the M20 000 prize money to be donated to charity.
According to the organising committee, the monies collected from gate-takings and the tournament’s gala dinner will be donated to the Disaster Management Authority (DMA) under the office of the Prime Minister.
On behalf of the organisers, Likhopo team manager, Qamako Mahao, said the tournament had been a success and they were happy with how things turned-out.
He therefore thanked the football fraternity for the support they showed towards the success of the tournament.
“I like to pass my gratitude to all the supporters who rallied behind their teams in the tournament to make it a success despite the short period of time within which it was organised,” Mahao said.
Meanwhile in his closing remarks at the tournament, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane expressed gratitude towards all teams that had honoured the tournament, giving special thanks to Free State Stars.
Both the winners and runners-up of the tournament were to choose a charity organisation to donate their winnings while they keep the trophy and medals.
The winners of the competition are said to have given away their prize to DMA while Bantu are still yet to disclose the charity organisation they will donate the monies to.