Lioli told to take dispute to PLMC

Lioli told to take dispute to PLMC

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has instructed Lioli to take their match-fixing allegations against Bantu to the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC). In a communication sent to the Teyateyaneng club on Tuesday, LEFA informed ‘Tse Nala’ the PLMC is the correct body to adjudicate over the dispute which appears set to prolong the case further. Two weeks ago Lioli accused Econet Premier League rivals Bantu of making advances to their players ahead of a blockbuster meeting between the sides on April 29 which was billed as a title decider at the time.

Bantu won the encounter 4-1 and the following day ‘Tse Nala’ laid a complaint to LEFA against the Mafeteng side. Bantu eventually sealed the title on points last Thursday with a win over Lesotho Defence Force at Setsoto Stadium. However, they have remained without their trophy because the league said Bantu will not be handed the Econet Premiership title until all cases involving the club have been resolved.

Lioli specifically named Bantu’s vice-president Molefi Lengosane as one of the officials that tried to bribe their players and the club said they have evidence they can present if required.While many assumed Lioli were being bitter after losing the April 29 tie to Bantu, the club was adamant and took steps to lay their complaint to LEFA.

However, it is not clear if Lioli will continue with their case against Bantu after LEFA’s latest directive.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, ‘Tse Nala’ spokesperson Motlatsi Mofokeng said the club is yet to take the matter to the league as instructed.
“On the issue of alleged match-fixing the matter falls squarely and for all intents and purposes within the purview of the PLMC,” LEFA said to Lioli on Tuesday.

“You are thus advised to take up the matter with the PLMC whose duty it is among others the management of all Premier League games including the complaints or protests arising therein,” the letter continued. It is the second case Lioli has brought against Bantu this year.
In March, Bantu lost a case to Lioli in which the Mafeteng giants were found guilty of using illegally registered players during an Econet Premier League tie between the title rivals last December.

Lioli were given three points and three goals for the match which Bantu originally won 2-1. In their match-fixing complaint against Bantu, Lioli also alleged death threats were made against members of their executive committee especially president, Lebohang Thotanyana, and first vice-president, Mthwalo Mthwalo after the club filed their initial protest against Bantu over the sides’ December meeting.

“Second and regarding the matter of alleged criminal conduct or threats thereof on your officials, we advise that this being criminal nature and due to the seriousness thereof, same be reported to the police for criminal investigation,” LEFA said regarding the allegation.

Nkheli Liphoto

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