LEFA goes to the polls
LESOTHO Football Association (LEFA) will this Saturday hold its annual general meeting with the highlight being the elections for a new executive committee.
Yesterday, the association released a list of nominees that will battle it out for posts in the football governing body.
Outgoing members that face a battle to retain their posts include Sekonyela Molefe and Motloko Mafantiri who will go head to head with the likes of Lioli vice president Mothoalo Mothoalo, Tšeliso Ramatla, Kekeletsa Kekeletsa, Tebatso Mpiti and Retšelisitsoe Lephaila.
Lephaila will only contest the membership if he fails in becoming the Public Relations Officer (PRO) where he has challenged outgoing PRO Thabo Maretlane for the position.
However, some members including first vice president Khiba Mohoanyane are shoe in to retain their positions as they are unchallenged.
The other position that is unopposed is that of second vice president where Rantsubise Matete is the only candidate.
Matete previously served as committee member.
The second vice presidency has been vacant since the 2014 resignation of Lebohang Thotanyana.
Long serving LEFA executive committee member Thabo Pule will not contest as he has decided to call it a day.
Mohoanyane who is set to be re-elected first vice president admitted there was still a long way to go before professionalism could replace the current amateurish ap- proach to administration.
He said there was also need to pay more attention to youth development as that area had been neglected for a long time.
“We have recently launched a league for youth teams which had been lacking,” Mohoanyane said, adding there had concentrated on the “current crop of players forgetting about the future”.
“Our national team peaked in the year
2000 when Likuena played in the final of the COSAFA Cup.
“But it became a problem afterwards to replace that group of players and that shows that we fell short when it came to developing young talent,” he said.
Mohoanyane also said the tax rebate needed to be clarified to attract corporate sponsors to soccer.
“Issues concerning tax rebates are not clear and I have personally tabled the matter before our sports minister so that the issue can be addressed in parliament,” said the LEFA vice president.
He said companies had complained about the tax rebates and would probably only pour substantial funds into soccer once everything had been clarified.
“The fact that we do not broadcast our football matches does not help our situation as that would have been another platform for attracting big sponsors to invest in football,” he said.
Maretlane, who faces a challenge from Lephaila in his bid to retain his position as PRO, said he had done his part in contributing to the development of football since his election in 2013.
“I was assigned to work with women’s football upon joining LEFA and everyone can attest that it has grown a lot over the last two years,” Maretlane said.
He said he had ensured that the women’s national team played a number of friendly matches and the women clubs had been active in the league.
“I feel I also did my job very well as the spokesperson of the association,” he said adding, he had also excelled in his other role of liaising with the premier league.
LEFA vice President Khiba Mohoanyane.
LEFA 2nd vice president candidate Rantsubise Matete.