D-day for Lioli manager

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Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lioli executive committee will today meet to decide the fate of under-fire general manager, Hlalele Matobako, who has been accused of insubordination.

Lioli spokesperson Motlatsi Mofokeng told the Lesotho Times that today’s meeting is a follow-up to a Sunday meeting between the executive committee and the supporters where the allegations against Matobako came to light.

Mofokeng said the committee used the meeting to outline its challenges to the supporters, who in turn recommended that incompetent staff should be fired.

“We had a progress report meeting with the supporters on Sunday and informed them about the challenges that the executive is facing in running the team,” Mofokeng said.

“Among the challenges was that the general manager (Matobako) seemed to have failed to do his work. Some of the executive members have found the team office inexplicably closed and he would either be unavailable or would not answer his phone when they called him.

Mofokeng said Matobako also failed to register new players during the January transfer window period.

“Among other things, he was tasked with ensuring proper registration of players in January but he failed to do so and the committee members ended up doing that.”

It was against this background that the supporters recommended that Matobako be fired. Mofokeng said the executive would meet today to decide on their next course of action.

“For now, Matobako continues to work as he is yet to be advised of the recommendations.

“Apart from Matobako, others like secretary Tlotliso Mpholo and Tšeliso Lerata will also know their fate after they illegally took the teams replicas.”

The Sunday meeting also recommended that the committee co-opts new members to fill in the void left by former vice presidents Tšeliso Mou and Lehlohonolo Thotanyana.

Mofokeng added that the presidency was also vacant but the committee had recommended that they wait for the annual general meeting while the remaining vice president Itumeleng Mpokathe remains in charge.

“Our president Mokheseng Tekateka is busy with other commitments, so he is never available for the team and it was also recommended that he is released. However, we will wait for the annual general meeting to elect a new president while we co-opt new people for the other vacant posts.”

Addressing the supporters on Sunday, Mpokathe said both Monekase and Lerata had failed to account for the team replicas they have taken and have also failed to show up whenever they were called for meetings.

“Ntate Mpholo has 62 replicas with him. We have tried calling him but he doesn’t pick so we have failed to recover the replicas that he took from the shop where they were being sold. Ntate Lerata also took 10 replicas saying he would sell them but he has thrown us from pillar to post when we asked for the money,” Mphokathe said.

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