Lioli trio reinstated

Lioli trio reinstated

MASERU – THREE members of Lioli’s executive committee who had resigned last month were reinstated to their positions at the club’s special conference held last Sunday.
The three are club President Lebohang Thotanyana, vice-president Hopolang Nathane and secretary general Sello Monamoli.
Lioli however expelled three members – Tšeliso Lerata, who served as the club’s spokesperson alongside Motlatsi Mofokeng, as well as Tlotliso Mpholo and Rapuoa Raseleso, who were both members of the executive.

Yesterday, the club’s executive committee met at the headquarters of club sponsors Alliance Insurance to discuss the outcome of the special conference and chart the way forward.
The meeting also addressed other problems facing the club on and off the field.
Speaking at yesterday’s indaba, Thotanyana said the club’s league performances have been affected by a lack of unity and infighting within the club.
Since winning the Independence Top 4 Cup last October, ‘Tse Nala’ have plummeted in the Econet Premier League and find themselves in eighth place on the log, 14 points behind leaders Lesotho Correctional Service.

Thotanyana said the five-time league champions are working to resolve their problems and everyone connected to the club is being consulted, from players, to sponsors and to the fans.
“I have run Lioli for more than ten years and no one has ever worked that long in the premier league,” Thotanyana said.

“With that experience I know when to resign and that is not being foolish. We wanted to resign for the sake of Lioli but the conference (on Sunday) decided we should not do it. These ten years have not been easy at all, but we have always been consistent looking at our performance until last year when we finished second (in the league),” he added.
“Even this year, of all 14 teams (in the premier league) no other team has tasted more success than Lioli; we have won big cups. Lioli is the most successful team in the premier league, we are going for the (Lesotho National Insurance Group) Top 8 (next month) and if there is a team to watch is Lioli.”

Thotanyana added: “We won two cups with the same team that is facing challenges now and that means players are not a problem. For the first time we beat one big team (Bantu) twice this year. Our problems are more internal than external, meaning solutions had to come from internally, that is why we wanted to leave.”
Thotanyana said the past year was especially difficult for the club financially.“This year has not been easy at all to us. Lioli is one team with a big sponsor (Alliance Insurance) in the league but the money is not enough because it is not easy to run the club,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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