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Mohapi faces chop

by Lesotho Times
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MASERU — Mokhosi Mohapi, the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa)’s acting chief executive officer, could find himself jobless.

He was suspended last Monday and is expected to appear before Lefa’s disciplinary committee today.

The cash-strapped Lefa has confirmed the development but would not say why Mohapi, 37, had been suspended.

Sources within Lefa however suspect the suspension came after Mohapi undertook an unsanctioned trip.

He attended a Confederation of African Football meeting in Egypt in June without Lefa’s approval, the sources say.

Lefa public relations officer Baba Malephane, speaking to the Lesotho Times on Tuesday, insinuated the matter was so serious Mohapi could be booted out.

He however would not reveal Mohapi’s offence.

“The long and short of it is that we have put him aside from his duties,” Malephane said.

“We will talk about the reasons after the hearing on Thursday where he has to give his reasons why we shouldn’t remove him (from his job).”

“We can’t discuss the issue any further before the hearing (but) it is true that we have suspended him,” he added.

Mohapi refused to speak about his suspension when contacted yesterday.

“I have no comment,” he told the Lesotho Times.

Mohapi joined Lefa as an administrator in 2006. He was named the association’s acting CEO after incumbent Mafole Sematlane resigned.

It is not clear why Lefa would not appoint Mohapi the substantive CEO, keeping him in an acting capacity for the past two years.

But during his stint he has courted controversy because of what critics say is his overbearing approach especially towards the media.

Last year he banned the Lesotho Times from talking to him over the paper’s critical stories concerning the state of the game in the country.

Earlier, he had been accused of threatening a reporter from another weekly for writing a story he didn’t like.

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