Mat­lama woes worsen

…club fails to pay play­ers, sus­pends train­ing

Sunday Express - - SPORTS -

ECONET Pre­mier League side, Mat­lama’s woes wors­ened last week amid rev­e­la­tions that the tech­ni­cal team was forced to sus­pend train­ing ses­sions on Tues­day af­ter man­age­ment’s fail­ure to pay the play­ers’ monthly al­lowances.

A well-placed source within the coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful team told the Sun­day Ex­press that the play­ers were only given M500 each last Fri­day with the prom­ise that the out­stand­ing bal­ances would be set­tled by Mon­day.

How­ever, this was not to be and on Tues­day, the tech­ni­cal team re­solved to sus­pend train­ing ses­sions un­til the bal­ance was set­tled.

Mat­lama President, Ikara­bele Sello, blamed the non-pay­ment of al­lowances on the “neg­li­gence” of their trea­surer.

“I heard that the team is not train­ing be­cause play­ers were not paid and it is sur­pris­ing be­cause the team has the money but it’s all be­cause some­one de­cided to ig­nore their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the com­mit­tee,” Sello said.

“Our trea­surer is the one who deals with such is­sues and he left for Botswana last week with­out pro­cess­ing the al­lowances. He re­turned on Mon­day and told the play­ers that he would ad­dress the mat­ter but he has not done so up to now.

“This is this kind of nega­tive pub­lic­ity that hin­ders us from get­ting spon­sor­ship. It is also a huge in­con­ve­nience es­pe­cially for the tech­ni­cal team as we had just ap­pointed a new coach, Mos­ito Matela. He called me and in­formed me about the mat­ter.”

Sello said the M500 the play­ers re­ceived on Fri­day came from the team’s vice president af­ter he was asked to as­sist by the trea­surer who had re­alised that he was late with pay­ments.

“I think some peo­ple are now tired hence they are drag­ging their feet but af­ter our fi­nan­cial au­dit last month we agreed that we will hold elec­tions for a new com­mit­tee,” he said.

Tse Put­soa have en­dured a poor start to the 2017/18 sea­son, collecting just five points from a pos­si­ble 12. They are sit­ting on sev­enth po­si­tion in the 14-team Econet Pre­mier League ta­ble with two draws, a win and a loss.

The club’s pa­trons re­cently re­solved to bring for­ward a spe­cial con­fer­ence to elect a new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to 28 Oc­to­ber 2017 in a bid to stem the con­tin­u­ing poor run.

The spe­cial con­fer­ence was sup­posed to be held in De­cem­ber this year, but Mat­lama’s con­tin­ued lack­lus­tre per­for­mances prompted the pa­trons to bring the date for­ward to elect a new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Mat­lama’s five chief pa­trons con­sist of the Maseru prin­ci­pal chiefs, Khoa­bane Theko (Thaba-Bo­siu), Seeiso Bereng Seeiso (Mat­sieng), Ma­bela Maama (Roma), Bereng Api (Ram­a­banta) and Bereng Bereng (Rothe).

The team also has ordinary pa­trons who are all for­mer pres­i­dents of the club.

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