LMPS faces fine for  arriving late

LMPS faces fine for arriving late

MASERU – Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) are facing a fine for arriving late for their Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 quarterfinal first leg tie against Lioli last Saturday. The clash at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium was scheduled to begin at 1pm but kicked off 20 minutes late because of LMPS’s tardiness.

Despite having to be at the ground at least an hour before kick-off to allow for the players’ inspection by match officials, a Quantum taxi carrying the ‘Simumye’ squad only arrived in Maputsoe at 12:49.
By the time LMPS finally reached the ground, Lioli had already been on the field for 20 minutes doing their warm-up.

LMPS only started theirs at 13:02 but it did not last long before they were hauled off the field by match officials.
Speaking yesterday, Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) public relations officer Lekholoa Mosito said the panel has received a report from the game’s match officials but is yet to study its contents.

“We have a specific time (of 30 minutes) that is stipulated as the maximum grace period a team can be late by. If LMPS was over that time then there are rules that govern us on what happens,” Mosito said.
“We will look at the report that was submitted to us on Monday and examine LMPS’s reasons,” he added.

“We were supposed to have met on Tuesday but unfortunately we did not meet. We are yet to meet but we will look at the report. As for LMPS not doing their warm-up, that’s their problem not ours. What we will do is to look at the report,” Mosito said.
Last Saturday, referee’s committee representative Maponyane Letsie insisted he was not satisfied with LMPS’s reasons for being late. He said he would write a report to the premier league.

‘Simunye’ claimed to have experienced problems on their way from Maseru to Maputsoe with the vehicle they were using.
However, LMPS’s excuses were not good enough for match officials because the same vehicle was used to transport their youth team for a curtain raiser Under-17 LNIG Top 8 tie against Lioli four hours earlier. When the main event finally kicked off, ‘Simunye’ upset Lioli 1-0 to take a slender advantage into the second leg next weekend.

Luciah Phahla

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