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Football officials appeal ban

by Lesotho Times
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MASERU – Three football administrators who were banned last month for allegedly bringing the game into disrepute have appealed to the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) to overturn the ban.

Mofolo Muso, Emmanuel Thebiri and Retselisitsoe Sefali were each slapped with a five-year ban by the District Football Association (Difa) Maseru.

The trio and two others – Tseliso Tale and Sekonyela Mokhosi – were charged and found guilty of organising meetings without the knowledge of Difa Maseru’s executive committee.

They were also accused of passing a vote-of-no-confidence motion against members of the Difa Maseru national executive committee.

Tale and Mokhosi are however still waiting for their fate to be decided.

This was after a hearing that had been called to deal with their case was postponed indefinitely last month.

“We have written a letter to Lefa’s executive committee asking it to deal with this issue administratively,” Muso told the Lesotho Times.

He said they wanted Lefa to call a meeting between the two warring parties so that the matter could be dealt with administratively.

“The decision to ban us is not right at all because Difa was both the accuser and prosecutor in this matter,” Muso said.

“There was need to have a panel of judges to preside over this issue if the outcome was to be fair and transparent.”

He insisted that the five will continue to be involved in football matters in defiance of the terms of their ban which stipulated that the trio should not be involved in any football matters organised by Difa or Lefa.

“We are still attending football matters and games. We have told them (Difa Maseru) to take action about it,” Muso said.

“Only Lefa can judge us. Difa has no right because they are an organ of Lefa,” he said.

Lefa facilities and administration manager Mokhosi Mohapi confirmed that Lefa had received the letter from the embattled administrators.

“The two of them have written a letter to us asking Lefa to intervene in this matter,” Mohapi said.

“We must intervene in this matter because these two are affiliated to Lefa,” he said.

He however said Lefa was yet to set a date for a meeting between the two parties.

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