Match officials still not paid

Match officials still not paid

MASERU – Econet Premier League match officials are set to go into their Christmas holidays with no pay.
Match officials are yet to be paid by the league dating back to October and the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) closes its office on Friday.
The match officials say they have been asking the league when their allowances will be processed but have not been given a straight answer.
They say they fear they will go home for the holidays empty-handed.

Local match officials are paid by the league’s sponsors, Econet Telecom Lesotho, through the PLMC office.
All year top-flight referees have struggled to receive payment on time and they only got their September allowances last month when this paper enquired about their late payment.
This weekend’s Econet Premier League games are the last round of fixtures for the year.
The league will resume in January.

A referee who spoke to thepost on condition of anonymity said match officials are worried about their payment given how they always have to fight to receive it.
The last allowance referees received was for September and they only got it in November.
The unnamed referee said it is possible match officials will only get their October allowances in January.
“It happened last year,” he said.

“We went into the Christmas break with no allowances, even now it is highly possible the same thing is going to happen because the Premier League is closing on Friday,” the match official lamented.
“We are in December now; October and November requests have long been made but we are still waiting. The last allowances we got were for September,” the referee continued.
“You can’t work if you are hungry; how can you expect us to perform if we are not happy? These are the last league games this weekend and we have not been paid.”
Approached for comment on Wednesday, the PLMC said it has submitted a payment request to Econet.

Econet’s public relations manager, Puleng Masoabi, said the PLMC only submitted the October invoice on December 5. The November invoice was submitted on December 17, Masoabi said.
“The issues is that the invoices were submitted late. If invoices are submitted on time the payments are not delayed,” Masoabi said. “We encourage our partners to submit their invoices on time to avoid delays in payment.” “Econet sponsors the league but is not involved in the day-to-day management because that is the PLMC’s responsibility”.

Tlalane Phahla

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