A-Division official blasts Lefa

MASERU — The first division’s spokesperson has threatened to resign over what he says is the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa)’s failure to quickly resolve disputes in the league.

Northern Stream side Maduma have appealed to the football mother body against the A-Division’s decision to dock them points and in the process deny them automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Melele have also appealed against Little Fowers’ alleged use of an unlicensed player in another case that could have implications on the final standings in the Southern Stream. 

The pending cases have put on hold progress in the first division.

The A-Division had rescheduled the Top 4 and Top 8 tournaments to May 1-2 and April 24-25 respectively because of disputes in the league.

This week A-Division spokesperson Mosebe Motsoasele told the Lesotho Times he was ready to quit in protest if the delays were to force them to reschedule the galas once again.

“It is true that I am resigning if Top 4 and Top 8 matches do not go ahead as planned,” he said.

Motsoasele, who has been in football administration since 1977, said he suspected some Lefa officials had interests in one of the involved teams and was thus behind the delays.

He named two officials but the Lesotho Times has withheld their identities because it could not independently verify Motsoasele allegations.

“We cannot afford to postpone the games twice in a row just because some senior officials at Lefa are affiliated with teams involved in the matter,” he said.

Motsoasele bunked the A-Division’s meeting on Tuesday over the “delays”.

“I will only attend the meetings if my secretary tells me that they’ve received written judgments between Melele and Little Flower as well Mpharane and Maduma,” he said.

“I cannot see the fun in attending the meetings yet we cannot do anything like planning for Top 4 and Top 8 matches when we don’t have the judgments.”

Motsoasele said the A-Division had planned to finish its programmes well before the World Cup in South Africa, starting on June 11.

“I am not happy things turned out this way because we had drawn an annual programme to make sure that we finish well in time before World Cup games commence,” he said.

Lefa’s acting chief executive officer, Mokhosi Mohapi, refused to comment on the issue.

“If Motsoasele is resigning because of these cases, I as Mohapi or Lefa cannot comment on that because I’ve not yet received his resignation letter,” Mohapi said.

“I can’t even talk about those cases because they are pending,” he said.

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