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Members Crowned Champions of the 2024 A Division League Nedbank 8 Cup

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Mazenod-based football team, Members, have clinched the championship title in the 2024 A Division League Nedbank 8 Cup, following a thrilling 4-2 victory over Kick4Life Juventude in the tournament’s final held at Bambatha Tṧita Sports Arena this past weekend.

The triumphant Members team celebrated their victory with gold medals, a trophy, and a cash prize of M35,000. Despite their defeat, Kick4Life Juventude were consoled with silver medals and a cash prize of M30,000.

Members’ journey to the final saw them edge past Majantja with a 2-1 win in the semi-finals on Saturday at the LCS Ground in Maseru. On the same day, Kick4Life Juventude secured their place in the final by defeating Maroala 2-0 at Bambatha Tṧita Sports Arena.

In the third-place playoff, Majantja redeemed themselves by triumphing over Maroala 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. For their efforts, Majantja received M25,000 while Maroala earned M23,000 for finishing fourth.

Members not only took home the championship but also boasted the tournament’s top goal scorer, Tṧoarelo Hlalele, who netted five goals and pocketed M3,000. Additionally, Paseka Maile of Kick4Life Juventude was named the player of the tournament and received M3,000, while Thabo Kuleile was honored as the goalkeeper of the tournament, also earning M3,000.

In an interview with the Lesotho Times, Members’ coach, Lekhooa Tṧolo, expressed immense satisfaction with the team’s performance. “We are very happy to win despite being the tournament’s underdogs. This is only our second season in the A Division League,” Tṧolo remarked. “We had set goals which we achieved and surpassed by winning the tournament. We were the underdogs, so they didn’t know our strength.”

Tṧolo highlighted the team’s motivation and pride, particularly after defeating Majantja, the current A Division League Southern Stream champions. He also expressed aspirations for premier league promotion in the upcoming season and acknowledged the potential interest from top-tier clubs in their players.

“As we are now famous, many players may want to join us. Even sponsors may come. But we can’t rule out the fact that premier league clubs may also now be interested in getting our players,” Tṧolo noted.

The tournament was sponsored by Nedbank Lesotho, with a total sponsorship amount of M350,000.

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