Lesotho’s Champions League saga far from over

MASERU — The African Champions League saga is far from over after Lioli this week questioned the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA)’s decision to endorse LCS’s participation in the continental tournament.

LEFA last week backed the Premier League’s earlier decision to register LCS as Lesotho’s representatives in the Champions League.

Lioli insist that as the national champions they have the right to be in Africa’s premier club competition.

The Premier League decided to register LCS in next year’s Champions League after the prisons side were denied a chance to play in this year’s edition because Lesotho did not have football facilities that met international standards.

LCS were the Buddie Premier League champions in the 2007-08 season.

However, Lioli have refused to give up the fight even after LEFA endorsed the Premier League’s decision.

“We have written to (LEFA president Salemane) Phafane to get clarification on what basis the decision was taken,” Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana told the Lesotho Times this week.

“The problem is that there is an information gap,” Thotanyana said.

“When we go to the national executive (of LEFA) they say the resolution was taken by the Premier League chairman’s forum.

“But the Premier League claims this decision was taken by the NEC.”

Thotanyana was non-committal on what measures Lioli would take if LEFA insisted on upholding the Premier League’s decision.

“We don’t want to say what we will do,” he said. “But LEFA cannot disregard their own rules.”

“We will take it one step at a time,” he added.

“We will see how the story runs and we will not make any hasty pronouncements.”

LEFA are likely to offer Lioli a consolation berth in the CAF Confederation Cup.

But the champions say they won’t accept it.

“We have no business there,” Thotanyana insisted.

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