Pay­back time ime

. . . as Lefa ‘pun­ishes’ Li­oli trio over last year’s bonus row

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Kalati Mikia

…as Lefa ‘pun­ishes’ Li­oli trio over last year’s bonus row


Three na­tional team play­ers, Bushy Mo­let­sane, Tšoanelo Koe­tle and Mohau Kue­nane, were axed from the squad that trav­elled to Botswana on Mon­day for last night’s friendly match due to dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

The trio has since been iden­ti­fied as ring-lead­ers of the team’s strike over al­lowances, which marred Le­sotho’s failed 2015 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign last year.

Ac­cord­ing to sources privy to the case, in­terim coach Seep­hephe Matete was or­dered by his Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion “bosses” to drop the three Li­oli play­ers from the 25-mem­ber squad he an­nounced last week ahead of the in­ter­na­tional friendly be­cause of the al­lowances row.

“The coach wanted the play­ers in his squad, which is why he had called them up in the first place. How­ever, he was put un­der pres­sure by his Lefa bosses to leave out the boys, af­ter ar­gu­ing that they were re­spon­si­ble for last year’s strike over al­lowances,” said one of the sources on con­di­tion of anonymity for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

Mean­while, the Le­sotho Times is also re­li­ably in­formed that all the play­ers who trav­elled to Botswana on Mon­day were obliged to sign a “code of con­duct form”, while Nkau Lerotholi, Mabuti Pot­loane and Lekhanya Lekhanya were warned they would be next to be shown the door should the team strike over al­lowances again. how­ever, one of the play­ers who also spoke to the Le

sotho Times on con­di­tion of anonymity, said it was un­for­tu­nate that a star like Koe­tle could be left out of the team for such a rea­son.

“The sit­u­a­tion is very sad be­cause Koe­tle is a con­sis­tent per­former and one of the best play­ers in the coun­try at the mo­ment. I feel the as­so­ci­a­tion should have found a bet­ter so­lu­tion to this mat­ter than dis­card­ing th­ese boys just like that,” he said.

Lefa sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments and told the Le­sotho Times that the play­ers were dropped to en­sure “dis­ci­pline and or­der” in the team.

“I can­not say it’s over for the three play­ers as far as the na­tional team is con­cerned. The ball is in their court and if we are con­vinced that they have learnt their les­son, maybe they will be back,” Mo­hapi said.

“It is also true that the play­ers signed forms in which they pledged to re­spect rules and reg­u­la­tions as set out in those doc­u­ments by the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

LIKUENA mid­fielder Bushy Mo­let­sane (left) holds off a Botswana player in this file pic.

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