Match  officials  not paid

Match officials not paid

May boycott LBIG Top 8 finals……

MASERU – The match officials that took charge of the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 quarterfinals are still owed their match allowances by the premier league, thepost has learnt.
Top referees and match assessors are still waiting for their allowances and they may boycott this weekend’s much-anticipated LNIG Top 8 finals at Setsoto Stadium if they do not get paid this week.

While it is not clear how much the referees are owed, match officials are paid depending on the number of matches they officiated.
The LNIG quarterfinals began in February with the first legs played at two separate venues; the Maputsoe DIFA Ground hosted two clashes – Lioli against Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and Kick4Life against Matlama – while the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Ground hosted the other two quarterfinal clashes between LCS and Lesotho Defence Force as well as Bantu against Sky Battalion.

“The referees are intending to go on strike this week if they do not receive their match allowances from February,” a source said.
“One gets paid depending on the number of matches he/she officiated, this includes match assessors too.”
thepost sought comment from premier league public relations officer, Lekholoa Mosito but he could not confirm or deny that the match officials are still owed money.

However, in a separate call to premier league general manager Tšitso Monaheng, he acknowledged the debt but could not give reasons why the match officials are yet to be paid. Nonetheless, he claimed the premier league have held the meetings with the officials to explain the delay.
“We have held the meetings with them and explained the problems we encountered and when do we think we will be able to sort this out,” Monaheng said.

“I am surprised to hear that they are now planning to sabotage the games,” he added. “We had a meeting even yesterday (Tuesday) and we seemed to agree on everything, now I am shocked.”

Luciah Phahla

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