Big guns fight for presidency

Big guns fight for presidency

Maseru – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has thrown its weight behind current president Salemane Phafane as he prepares to run for another term as boss.  LEFA will hold presidential elections on September 16 and Phafane is slated to battle Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana, Bantu and Premier League chairman John Leuta and former LEFA spokesman Baba Malephane for the hot seat.
Phafane took over LEFA’s top post in 2004 and the association’s public relations officer Thabo Maretlane said the executive is pleased with the job Phafane has done.

Maretlane said he believes LEFA can improve its administration further with Phafane at the helm.
“I don’t see why Phafane would lose to his counterparts given the job he has done for the governing body,” he said.
“We have seen the job he has done for the association. There was a time LEFA was struggling financially; (Phafane) put everything together and, so far, we are on the safe side financially.”

“So far, so good; we are not scared,” Maretlane added. “We are ready for the fight and everybody has got the right to stand for the elections.”
On Tuesday, LEFA released a statement unanimously endorsing Phafane as its presidential candidate for the elections.
LEFA said Phafane’s stewardship has not only brought financial stability but saw Lesotho achieve its highest FIFA ranking of 105 in August 2014.

“During his tenure as the president, the association has been able to put in place a number of policies and instruments which have seen better organisation of club structures with the emergence of a number of semi-professional clubs within the association,” LEFA’s statement read.
“It is but a few of the considerations which have left an indelible milestone for which the NEC (national executive committee) feels that Advocate Phafane (KC) still has a lot to offer the football fraternity in the Kingdom of Lesotho,” the statement ended. Meanwhile, LEFA launched its official website on Wednesday which it says will update football fans on happenings within the association, the premier league, A-Division and Lesotho’s national teams.

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