It’s Phafane  versus Nthunya

It’s Phafane versus Nthunya

MASERU – It is a big weekend for the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) as the country’s football governing body holds its 16th congress on Saturday.
The main talking point on everyone’s lips has been the presidential race between Advocate Salemane Phafane, who is seeking a fifth term as LEFA president, and Maseru District Football Association (DIFA) president Lijane Nthunya.

Phafane is a strong favourite to retain his position as the country’s top football boss and all LEFA’s structures will be represented at the congress.
Apart from the presidential election, a lot more will happen at the congress including the presenting of various reports.
Speaking on Tuesday, LEFA secretary general Mokhosi Mohapi said LEFA’s structures were given enough time to respond to the notice of the congress’s provisions and all have done so with the exception of one he declined to name.

Mohapi said preparations for the congress have been done in accordance with the police to ensure transparency.
He said the association’s staff has been moved into a single room to make it easier to compile reports for the congress.
Some of the reports expected to be presented at the congress include LEFA’s much-awaited finance and governance reports.
“There are proposals that are coming from the structures that will be tabled and discussed, some may not even see the discussion per se because some of them are more of statutes amendments and they have not fulfilled the statutory requirements for them to come in as statutes amendments,” Mohapi said.

Heading into the weekend there has been talk and complaints of LEFA’s staff conducting the election process at previous DIFA elections.
However, Mohapi said not a single LEFA structure has written to his office complaining about anything of that sort.
Mohapi insisted LEFA is going to run the weekend’s congress in line with the football association’s statutes.
“I have seen some talk from people about how FIFA conducts its election but they have never been to a FIFA congress,” Mohapi said.
“I have been to 12 or 13 FIFA congresses. (I have been to) 12 of CAF and about six of COSAFA, I know how they conduct their elections. I was in Morocco in March, I saw how (CAF) conduct their elections,” the LEFA veteran added.

Mohapi said his office is determined to make sure Saturday’s congress goes smoothly.
“If I have to sleep in that congress hall (beforehand) then I will sleep in it to make sure we deliver the best that we have within our means,” Mohapi said.
“I am not even stressing over hosting the congress but this one in particular has attracted interest of quite a lot of people. There are people who are driving certain narratives inside and outside the association.”

Tlalane Phahla

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