LDF coach in hot soup over assault allegations

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Moorosi Tsiane

LDF coach Motheo Mohapi is in hot water with the football Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) for allegedly assaulting a security officer prior to his team’s Independence Top4 third place play off against Bantu at Setsoto Stadium a fortnight ago.

It is alleged that Mohapi assaulted the security official who was manning the gates after they were denied entry into the stadium when his team arrived for the match.

It is against this background that the PLMC wrote to him demanding that he “show cause” why disciplinary measures should not be taken against him for the alleged assault.

“It has been reported to the PLMC that Mr Motheo Mohapi and his unknown companion intentionally and illegally assaulted a security officer who was managing the gate at the Setsoto Stadium on the 15th of December 2019,” the PLMC states in its letter to Mohapi dated 20 December.

“We here by request the LDF and Mr Motheo Mohapi to show cause why disciplinary action with serious punitive action cannot be taken against the team, LDF and Mr Motheo Mohapi.” Mohapi and the LDF were given 48 hours to explain why he should not be made to face the music.

According to the letter, Mohapi breached sections of the Lesotho Premier League and A Division rules and regulations of 2011 which outlaw violent conduct including insulting or assaulting players, club officials, match officials or any other person present at a match.

It is also illegal to maliciously damage or attempt to damage any property at the ground and to committing any act of unsporting behaviour.

The LDF have also been served with a letter asking them to “show cause” why they should not be sanctioned for refusing to restart their Top4 semifinal match against Matlama and refusing to accept a referee’s legal decision ruling Jane Thabantšo’s header as a legitimate goal.

LDF players contested the goal arguing that it did not cross the goal line and in the process refused to restart the game until the referee ‘Mathabo Kolokotoane abandoned the match.

PLMC spokesperson Moeketsi Ramakatsa this week told the Lesotho Times that LDF were given until Monday (23 December) to respond.

“I am not sure if they have already responded because our office has been closed but they have been communicating via emails. What I know is they were given until Monday to respond to the letters,” said Ramakatsa on Tuesday.

On his part, Mohapi said he was in no position to talk about the issue because it was now before the courts. Mohapi said he was not even aware he had written a “show cause” letter.

“I am not even aware that I have been written a ‘show cause’ letter so there isn’t much I can say on that issue. Besides I cannot comment because the issue is now before the courts and we wouldn’t want to jeopardise the case or appear as if we are influencing those who are working on the case,” said Mohapi.

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