Likuena host Bafana Bafana

Male­fane booted out of Likuena for com­ing to camp late, but Bantu star claims he could not make it on time be­cause he was as­sist­ing his preg­nant wife.

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

Bantu de­fender, Sepir­iti Male­fane, is fu­ri­ous fol­low­ing what he calls “un­fair dis­missal” from the na­tional team camp on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Likuena are pre­par­ing to play a friendly match against Bafana Bafana on thurs­day next week at Set­soto Sta­dium as part of the two teams’ prepa­ra­tions for the Cosafa tour­na­ment sched­uled for Rusten­burg, South africa, from 17-27 May.

How­ever, Male­fane would not be part of the Le­sotho squad in next week’s tie and pos­si­bly the re­gional tour­na­ment af­ter he was told to leave Bam­batha tšita Sports Com­plex late Sun­day for ar­riv­ing in camp late. the coaches also ac­cused him of com­ing to camp drunk, while the player in­sists he could not come at 10am as re­quired be­cause he was as­sist­ing his heav­ily preg­nant wife. Male­fane only joined his team­mates at mid­day and says he had com­mu­ni­cated his predica­ment to as­sis­tant coach Hale­makale Mahlaha “through what­sapp”.

a very dis­ap­pointed Male­fane yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times: “I had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the as­sis­tant coach, ntate Mahlaha, through what­sapp, and he was aware that I had fam­ily com­mit­ments as I could not leave my heav­ily preg­nant wife just like that.

“I had to make sure the rent was paid and that she had ev­ery­thing she might need as doc­tors say she is go­ing to give birth on 22 May. I would have been at the Cosafa tour­na­ment if I had been se­lected for the fi­nal squad, which is why I had to make sure my wife had ev­ery­thing be­fore I said good­bye.”

How­ever, Male­fane said he was “very sur­prised” with the re­sponse he re­ceived from Mahlaha who al­legedly told him he was not the only one with per­sonal com­mit­ments.

“I could not be­lieve what the coach was say­ing and felt vic­timised from that mo­ment. I could not be­lieve it when he told me that they were go­ing to check if I had been drink­ing beer once I ar­rived in camp, but sur­pris­ingly, he was not there when I pitched up at around mid­day. He told me that he was in a meet­ing in Khu­bet­soana,” said Male­fane.

“Later, I went to Pi­o­neer Mall to buy toi­let- ries and I was in the com­pany of (mid­fielder) Bushy Mo­let­sane. But when I re­turned to Bam­batha, Ntate Mahlaha told me to han­dover my na­tional team at­tire to the kit manager and leave camp be­cause I had come late.”

the for­mer Likhopo stal­wart, who joined Bantu at the start of the 2014/15 sea­son, ad­mit­ted he had “a few drinks” on Satur­day, but did not “touch any al­co­hol on Sun­day be­cause I knew I had to re­port for camp”.

He con­tin­ued: “You can ask my team­mates; I was not drunk when I came to camp. there were play­ers who came drunk late on Sun­day, but noth­ing was said about it. the worst part of it is they had not even said a word to the coaches about com­ing late for camp com­pared to me, who took the trou­ble to in­form the coach about what was go­ing on, but still found my­self be­ing booted out of camp.”

Con­tacted yes­ter­day for com­ment, Likuena coach, Seep­hephe Matete, said: “We had given the play­ers time off and they were sup­posed to re­port back on Sun­day by 10am. un­for­tu­nately, Male­fane was late and his ex­pla­na­tion about the wife be­ing preg­nant was not con­vinc­ing. He was also sus­pected of smelling al­co­hol which was the rea­son for his dis­missal.

“But I was not aware of his con­ver­sa­tion with ntate Mahlaha, so I will call the player to ad­dress the mat­ter and get his side of the story.”

Matete ad­mit­ted some play­ers also ar­rived late for camp on Sun­day and missed their morn­ing prac­tice match, but were not axed from the squad.

“Yes, some play­ers ar­rived late for camp, but came to us, the coaches, and apol­o­gised,” said Matete.

Mean­while, asked about the Bafana match, team manager, Khiba Mo­hoanyane, said: “the South african Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion asked to play a friendly match against us on 14 May at Set­soto Sta­dium, which we gladly ac­cepted.”

Likuena util­ity player Sepir­iti Male­fane

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