LEFA goes to the polls

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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