Matlama to help bury supporter

Matlama to help bury supporter

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Vodacom Premier League giants Matlama say they will help bury one of their supporters who was shot during a league match on Sunday.
Molise Tsatsi was shot during an altercation between Matlama and Lioli fans after the sides’ league match was abandoned at Setsoto Stadium. He later died from his wounds in hospital.
Police confirmed Tsatsi lost his life at Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital on Monday.
No arrests have been made and police investigations are on-going.
Speaking yesterday, Matlama communications and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane told thepost the club had met with Tsatsi’s family and will help give him a dignified send-off.
Moletsane also condemned the behaviour of their supporters saying the club will take measures against the perpetrators.
“(Matlama) president (Ikarabele Sello) met with the family of the deceased and of course it’s our thing, as the club, to help with whatever we can so his family bury him,” he said.
“We don’t like what our fans did at the stadium. Of course, they were not happy with some of the referee’s decisions and the one that angered them the most was the one where we were denied a penalty immediately after Lioli had just been given penalty.
“ That’s when they invaded the pitch and the match was stopped. One fact that we can’t deny is there were 40 to 45 percent Matlama fans on the field. It was not one person,” Moletsane added.
Moletsane said ‘Tse Putsoa’ are expecting to be punished by the league.
“We have not received any sort of punishment from the Premier League but we are waiting for it because it is coming,” he said.
“However, this issue is very complex and needs to be looked carefully on both sides; fans from both teams fought and the match didn’t end.
“We don’t know what they (Premier League) are going to decide, whether there will be a replay as happened before with other teams because the match was not over yet.”
Moletsane said Matlama have already met with representatives of the club’s supporters’ branches to ensure Sunday’s events do not happen again.
“(On Tuesday) we had a meeting with the branches. We were talking about this and how we are going to deal with it to make sure those who are responsible for it are punished and how we can prevent it from happening again,” he said.
Moletsane also confirmed Matlama’s league tie against Sundawana on Saturday will not take place due to the national Under-20 team’s friendly against Swaziland this weekend. Matlama have three players with the Makoanyane XI squad.

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