LEFA boss hands over food parcels

LEFA boss hands over food parcels

MASERU-Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) president Advocate Salemane Phafane yesterday handed over food parcels to the families of deceased former players of Lesotho’s men’s and women’s national teams.

The handover was held at LEFA’s headquarters at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena and, in total, 29 families were given food parcels.
Each family went home with two 50kg bags of maize-meal and bread flour, 5 litres of cooking oil, 5kg of beans, 5 kg of sugar, two bags of potatoes, 5 kg of onions and five cabbages.

Phafane said although the food parcels will never be enough, they will help the families for a certain period of time and he said their handover is a gesture from LEFA to say it has not forgotten the players or their families.
The recipients of the parcels were picked from 1994 when LEFA was founded until this year.

The families include those of former Likuena stars such as Eric Makara, Tšeliso Thite and Sello ‘Muso.
The food parcels will provide some relief given how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the livelihoods of Basotho. Many have lost valuable income due to losing their jobs and those who earn their living from sports have had an extremely difficult time with no sports having been played for seven months now.

Because the players have already passed on, the food parcels were received by their living spouses.
In the case where both spouses have passed on and have kids left behind, legal guardians received on their behalf.

Phafane said if there is anyone LEFA may have left out because it had no database, they will also be helped in due course.
“The executive committee saw it important to remember former players that have passed on by extending a helping hand to their families that are still alive,” Phafane said.

“This is not enough but it will help for a few days and, in the case where it is a small family, they will last a bit longer. Let this be a reminder that they aren’t forgotten and this is a reminder of the love we have for their spouses. We will help where we can. Don’t hesitate to come to us when you have problems,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients ‘Mankuebe Lerotholi, wife of the late Tšehla Lerotholi, thanked LEFA for not forgetting about them and wished the association the best going forward.

The recipients
Mohlomi Nkhabu, Tšeliso Thite, Thuso Maliehe, Tséhla Lerotholi, Lebohang Matamane, Esaih Phakisi, ‘Makhiba Nteso, ‘Mpinki Pitsa, Eric Makara, Lebohang Maama, Motlatsi Shale, Popo Matšoara, Sello ‘Muso, Tšeliso Mafatlane, Lehlohonolo Mofokeng, Rankara Thabane, Tankiso Sehlatsane, Sello Kheoana, Curra Ntsohi, Dr Tšenoli Putsoane, Monaheng Monyane, Tšiu Monne, Cairo Mokalanyane, Bishop Molatoli, Matita Lemao, Sefatsa Baholo, Ntsane Ramabele, Lethola Masimong, Tiisetso Maselinyane.

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