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Lioli mull legal action

by Lesotho Times
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MASERU –– Lioli are threatening to take legal action after they were denied a place in the Champions League next year.

Last month, league champions Lioli were handed a slot in Africa’s second tier tournament, the CAF Confederation Cup by the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA). The spot for the Champions League was instead awarded to LCS, who finished third this year, but first last year.

The Lesotho Times however has it on good authority that, with CAF’s November 30 deadline fast approaching, Lioli will now seek legal intervention.

The paper also understands that Lioli have given LEFA seven days to respond to their grievances. This is from a document obtained by the paper which was sent to LEFA on Tuesday.

“Our position is that it is Lioli which should participate and LCS we draw inspiration from clause of 3.3 of the Lesotho Premier League code of ethics and rules and regulations. The competition you have nominated us for is reserved for runner ups and not the league champions,” Lioli’s letter read.

“Should we not get feedback within seven days we shall have no option but to seek judicial recourse.”

When it was announced that LCS would go to the Champions League Lioli argued that the matter was still being discussed. Upon the decision they asked to meet with LEFA president Salemane Phafane. But this hasn’t happened, Lioli say they have been rebuffed on three occasions.

The Lesotho Times can also reveal that LEFA have said the issue of who will participate in the Champions League next year “is not a closed matter” in response to Lioli.

LEFA also said the club’s confirmation of participation in the “2010 CAF Interclub Competition would be extended until such a time that you (Lioli) would have met the president.”

The governing body has proposed a meeting for next Monday.

Quizzed on the matter Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana refused to comment on the matter only saying, “Justice has not been served”.

LEFA declined to comment.

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