Player wrangle rages on

MASERU — Mphatlalatsane winger Kopano Tseka’s career remains in limbo.

The 18-year-old Lesotho youth international has not featured in a premier league game so far this season.

Tseka is currently registered with Mphatlalatsane but he is wanted by Lioli.

He has already trained with the champions and turned out in a pre-season friendly for Lioli against Mphatlalatsane.

However, Mphatlalatsane and Lioli have failed to do business over the player amid claims and counter claims from either side.

The transfer wrangle between the two sides has now gone to arbitration with Disputes and Protests Committee DISPROCO charged with settling the dispute.

On Monday Mphatlalatsane coach Khethang Ntsoerent confirmed that Tseka has not been with the team since the start of the season despite being registered with the club.

“I can’t say whether or not he will play for the team again,” Ntsoerent said. “We agreed that Lioli would pay us M10 000 but when they came back they had changed their minds.”

The sides have haggled over the price of the player with Lioli saying Mphatlalatsane have been unreasonable during negotiations.

“Mphatlalatsane originally wanted M20 000 then they came down to M10 000 but that is still too much. There are guidelines that were set by the Premier League regarding transfer fees,” Lioli public relations officer Moeketsi Pitso told the Lesotho Times this week. “It is wrong for Mphatlalatsane to refuse to sell the player, especially when the player wants to leave,” he said.

As an amateur league there are no contracts for players, which means there are no transfer fees.

“If you look at LEFA’s rules there is nowhere were they say we have to pay when a player moves, that is just in the Premier League rules,” he said.

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