LEFA de­nies rifts in Makoanyane camp

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) has de­nied re­ports that the na­tional un­der-20 side was plagued by squab­bles that led to Makoanyane XI coach Mot­lalepula Ma­joro walk­ing out of camp on the eve of their de­par­ture for the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion set for the North West prov­ince of South Africa.

Sources close to the team told the Le­sotho Times that a rift oc­curred af­ter some se­nior LEFA of­fi­cials or­dered Ma­joro to drop one player from the twenty man squad al­legedly be­cause the as­so­ci­a­tion could only give al­lowances to 19 play­ers and six of­fi­cials.

How­ever, LEFA sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi ( pic­tured) pro­fessed ig­no­rance of the al­leged fall­out, telling this pub­li­ca­tion that “I have no idea about that”.

“All I know is that the team had more peo­ple on the del­e­ga­tion list than the pre­scribed num­ber, as for who they wanted to leave out, that I do not know,” Mo­hapi said.

Asked about re­ports that the coach was unhappy with the sit­u­a­tion, Mo­hapi said he only had a meet­ing with the play­ers and not the coach.

“I did not meet the coach, I met the play­ers be­fore they left to wish them luck on be­half of the As­so­ci­a­tion, yes we dis­cussed is­sues that are not for pub­lic con­sump­tion.

“I was only in­formed that the coach was given some days off to sort out his per­sonal is­sues be­fore leav­ing for the tour­na­ment,” Mo­hapi said.

Mo­hapi said while there were is­sues that needed to be solved at the last minute, he was not aware of any player be­ing left out and all he knew was that the as­so­ci­a­tion would give al­lowances to the del­e­ga­tion that left for the tour­na­ment.

“It could have hap­pened that there was one per­son over the limit, but I left it to be solved by the man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal team,” he said.

The sources also said the play­ers struck over al­lowances but Mo­hapi said there was an er­ror in the cal­cu­la­tion of the al­lowances which had since been re­solved.

“There are ru­mours that the team em­barked on a strike prior to leav­ing and that is not true.

“What hap­pened is that I had a meet­ing with the play­ers and ad­dressed the is­sue of their al­lowances which had not been cap­tured ac­cord­ingly.

“This has since been re­solved and we have made con­tact with the team and all is well at this stage,” he said.

Le­sotho is in Group A along­side South Africa, Botswana and Swazi­land.

Makoanyane XI’S Raboama Koloti in ac­tion against a Mozam­bi­can player ear­lier this year.

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