LEFA suspends referees
THE Lesotho Football Association’s Referees Committee has suspended three premier league referees for incompetence and failure to maintain punctuality on match days.
This comes against the background of complaints by several clubs about the poor performances of match officials.
In a statement this week, LEFA said the trio, Retselisitsoe Molise, Mohlakola Kherenchane and Malefetsane Tsokeli were suspended with effect from 8 April for periods ranging from eight to ten months.
“Mr Molise is suspended for a period of eight months and the causes of suspension range from incompetence and failing to maintain punctuality to those games which he had been assigned,” reads part of the LEFA statement issued on Tuesday.
“Mr Kherenchane is suspended for ten months for having prejudiced fair play principles. Mr Tsokeli is suspended for eight months for failing to attend matches to which he had been assigned and for failing to appear before the Referees’ Committee on several occasions.”
The Referee’s Committee chairman and LEFA second vice president, Rantsubise Ma- tete said Molise who is also in the Lesotho panel of international referees had been under the spotlight for controversial decisions including the match between Lioli and Matlama that was marred by crowd trouble.
A supporter was shot at the match and later died.
“In more than three of his matches, he awarded controversial penalties where the match assessors did not agree with his decisions,” Matete said.
“He also reported late for a recent match between Kick4Life and Matlama where he also gave a controversial penalty according to the report of the match assessor. In another match between Sandawana and LDF, he is said to have deliberately denied the army side the chance of making a substitution.”
Matete said it was reported that Kherenchane had been in contact with officials of A division side, Mangau FC prior to officiating their game and gave them confidential information.
This raised suspicions that he could have been influenced to swing the outcome of their match.
“In all these matches, we have assessors monitoring the performances of the referees,” Matete said.