2020/21 league champs to miss Champions’ league

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Moorosi Tsiane

LESOTHO is likely to forfeit its place in the upcoming Confederation of Football (CAF) champions league. This after CAF announced that the closing date for registrations will be end of June 2021 for Champion’s League, a date by which the local league would not have been decided yet.

Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) secretary general Mokhosi Mohapi told the Lesotho Times this week that CAF has announced that the last day for registration of teams is 30 June 2021.

“CAF interclub competitions’ registration deadline is 30 June 2021 while player registrations must be completed by mid-July 2021,” Mohapi said.

Mohapi said LeFA was not yet certain on the way forward as by end of June, the winners of the domestic league would not have been decided. Due to the delays caused by the lockdowns, at the time, the 2020/21 Vodacom Premier League season will still be in full swing.

According to the fixture released by the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) last week, only the first round of the league would have been completed by end of June.

Mohapi said it would therefore be the PLMC’s decision on how the matter will be handled afterwards.

“We are not yet certain on the way forward because by that time the registrations close, our league would still be mid-way,” Mohapi said.

“Since the PLMC is the one responsible for the team that represents the country in the Champions’ League, it must give the way forward. However, it is also important to understand that we may not have a representative this year.

“Under normal circumstances, the PLMC is the one that presents to LeFA the team that will play in the Champions’ League. Under the prevailing conditions, if they choose a team, they may need to justify the choice and that may cause conflict and the best is to just abort.”

Meanwhile, Mohapi said they had a successful meeting with the PLMC this week to discuss the resumption of football activities.

“We met with the PLMC today (Tuesday) and discussed the return to football and Likuena’s schedule. The league will continue as the PLMC has recommended,” Mohapi said.

On his part, PLMC spokesperson Qamako Mahao said they were yet to decide the way forward regarding the CAF registrations.

“We will engage LeFA again to finalise the matter. We must clarify the matter because we want to avoid any ensuing confusion,” Mahao said.

 

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