Tseka breaks si­lence on Likuena

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LI­OLI de­fender Kopano Tseka has bro­ken his si­lence on the on­go­ing dilemma in­volv­ing the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) and a num­ber of Li­oli play­ers who have been side-lined by the foot­ball gov­ern­ing body.

Last week, LEFA an­nounced that Tseka and two team­mates, Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane and Tšepo Lekhooana would not ben­e­fit from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s fund­ing of Li­oli’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League which gets un­der­way in Fe­bru­ary.

LEFA funds the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the coun­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the tour­na­ment in­clud­ing the costs of host­ing the vis­it­ing team, the six-day camp prior to the match as well as al­lowances when the team trav­els out­side the coun­try.

The move was seen as pun­ish­ment for Tseka and other play­ers who did not heed call-ups to the na­tional team last month.

How­ever, the de­fender who formed a solid part­ner­ship in the heart of the Likuena de­fence along­side Ba­sia Makepe at the re­gional COSAFA Cup last year said he never re­tired from the na­tional team as the state­ment from LEFA in­di­cated.

“I never turned down the na­tional team call up in De­cem­ber but all I did was to write to the as­so­ci­a­tion re­quest­ing a break from na­tional team ac­tiv­i­ties due to work com­mit­ments,” Tseka said.

“I made the as­so­ci­a­tion aware through that let­ter that I have chal­lenges at work which made it dif­fi­cult for me be with the team.”

The de­fender also pre­sented this news­pa­per with the let­ters that he wrote to LEFA which were re­ceived by the as­so­ci­a­tion on De­cem­ber 15.

“I, Kopano Tseka as one of the na­tional team play­ers called to rep­re­sent the team in the up­com­ing Cham­pi­onship of Africa Na­tions (CHAN) tour­na­ment to take place in April 2017, would like to sub­mit to your of­fice that due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, I re­quest to be given a break from par­tic­i­pat­ing in na­tional team ac­tiv­i­ties,” the let­ter stated.

“I have chal­lenges re­gard­ing my work sched­ule and when I do not at­tend work my salary is af­fected be­cause I do not earn a nor­mal salary. I get paid as per shift.

“I also re­quest to know if there are any in­cen­tives for the of­fi­cial games. How­ever, I would like to in­di­cate that am not re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball there­fore I will still be avail­able for fu­ture call-ups if needed.

“I humbly re­quest to know when I will be paid my out­stand­ing in­cen­tives,” Tseka’s let­ter also stated.

Mean­while, LEFA re­fused to dis­cuss the mat­ter, with sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi telling this pub­li­ca­tion that they had since closed the chap­ter on Tseka and other play­ers.

“We have closed that chap­ter and are look­ing for­ward to the prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing CAF Cham­pi­ons League and the CHAN qual­i­fiers with or with­out such play­ers,” Mo­hapi said.

li­oli de­fender Kopano Tseka (left) marks Kick­4life striker Nkoto Ma­soabi in this file pic.

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