Maseru - When Setsoto Stadium was filled up on Sunday, it was difficult to judge whether people from around the country wanted had come to watch the Bantu and Lioli derby or they wanted to see live the South African soapie stars, Bontle Sithole known as ‘Busi Motsamai’ from Muvhango and Cornet Thabiso Mamabolo popularly known by his stage name ‘T-Bose Maputla’ from Skeem Saam.
The stars were brought all way from South Africa to the Mountain Kingdom by Bantu FC to celebrate A Mats’o Matebele’s ‘90 Years of excellence since 1927’. The team’s 90 years celebrations were held along their second leg premier league match against rivals Lioli who they thrashed 2-1
The three stands of the Setsoto Stadium were full except one side, known as Matlama stands which was less occupied by spectators. As soon as the soapie stars arrived into the stadium, everyone became spellbound by their presence. They waved to the ecstatic crowd and sat down to enjoy the match.
After the game they came down from the royal stand to mix and mingle with the spectators and that is when all hell went loose as almost everyone wanted to take a selfie with them. The situation was out of control to an extent that the actors were immediately moved away from the crowd for safety, and that was the last time the crowd saw them.
However, Informative Arts & Lifestyle was quipped that the soapie stars were also the main attraction a private event to mark Bantu’s 90 years of existence a day earlier where they also became a huge crowd puller.
However, Bantu President, Leuta John Leuta said they were happy that through these celebrities they have achieved 90 percent of what they wanted to achieve in their 90 years of existence. He also added that they used the South African TV stars to help market their celebration through social media.
Before the day of the celebration, more football fans were wondering why Bantu was interested in soap opera stars while there are a lot of football stars in South Africa, but Leuta said by bringing the actors to Lesotho, they wanted to increase the number of new supporters to the team. He said TV soapies are watched by everyone especially the youth and he believes that it was a good idea to bring them down so that even non-soccer loving people can to come to the ground.
Apart from that Leuta said they did not bring South African football stars due to the fact that South Africa is also very busy with their league and international competitions. He said if they had had brought South African football stars it could have attracted only the football fraternity and that was not going to make any impact to our local football in terms of attracting more new supporters.
According to Leuta, Busi and Maputla said they were happy to be in Lesotho and were please to come at the invitation of Bantu. He said they were also impressed by how Bantu organized this event.