LEFA denies rifts in Makoanyane camp
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.