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Setsoto stadium to be under new private management

The Setsotso stadium


Oct. 21, 2020 2 min read

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SETSOTO stadium is set to get under new private management soon if Cabinet approves a proposal by the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation in collaboration with the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) as well as the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LSRC).

This was announced by the sports minister Likeleli Tampane at a media briefing held on Monday following a tour of the stadium earlier that day.  

The minister said the facility which has been under the administration of LSRC since 2017, has deteriorated to a point where it is no longer able to host international sporting events.
“We have therefore resolved to outsource the management services of a private company under strict conditions to run the facility,'' she explained.
Tampane who expressed her disappointment after touring the facility due to its shabby condition said the only international sporting facility in the country seems to have been neglected and therefore needs new management to properly run it for the benefit of the athletes as well as revenue collection for the government.
She highlighted that during the renovation, if need arises, some international sporting activities will be forced to be held outside the country, in places like Bloemfontein.
The minister reassured Basotho that the transfer of management services to the private company will be transparent as it will be made through open tendering to both local and international companies which will meet certain conditions that will be specified clearly in the memorandum of understanding (MOU).
However, she showed that Basotho will still be given priority as part of promoting local businesses, more especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19, which she said left the economy shattered with many people unemployed.
Speaking at the same event, LSRC President Advocate Jobo Raswoko commended the minister for being passionate about sports, saying she reminded him of the former Minister 'Mathabiso Lepono whose love for sports was legendary.

 


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“With you as the minister of sports within such a short period of time, there are signs already that we are on the right track towards developing sports in the country,” he said.

Raleaka showed that the stadium as the only international sporting facility in the country does not accommodate all sports codes due to its poor status.

For his part, LNOC Chief Executive Officer Morake Raleaka said the government is committed to working with them towards the development and promotion of sports in the country.
During the stadium’s previous upgrading, Lesotho's senior national side Likuena were forced to host some of their World Cup qualifying matches in Bloemfontein, prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 

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