Match officials still not paid

Match officials still not paid

MASERU – Econet Premier League match officials, including match assessors, are still waiting for their April and May allowances from the league, thepost has learnt.
The 2017/18 season was concluded in May but match officials are yet to be paid and they say the league keeps sending them from pillar to post every time they ask about their allowances.
According to a well-placed source, the Premier League’s general manager Tšitso Monaheng has made several promises to referees and match assessors that they will receive the money owed to them but nothing has happened.

The source said the match officials were promised they will get their allowances before the end of June but are surprised July has arrived and there is still no money.
The source continued that what irked the officials is the league and sponsors Econet are hosting an end of season awards show on Friday despite the debt.
This is not the first time Econet Premier League match officials have gone for months unpaid. In April, before the semi-finals of Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8, referees complained about their allowances not being paid during the duration of the two-month tournament.

“Econet and PLMC are hosting awards on Friday but referees and match assessors have not received their allowances for April and May,” a source told thepost.
“The league general manager (Tšitso Monaheng) promised to pay them before the end of June but now it’s July and he keeps promising all the time,” the source continued.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Monaheng acknowledged the debt and promised the match officials to expect their allowances “any time this week”.

He said the referees are paid by the league sponsor Econet and sometimes there are delays, as is the case now. He said whenever there is a delay the league communicates with the officials to explain.

“This is what is happening, we work with the sponsor Econet and they pay the match officials every month, but it does happen that there are delays as (Econet) do their budgets and stuff,” Monaheng told thepost.

“When there is a delay we communicate with the referees and let them know. I am surprised because when we talked they seemed to understand,” he added.
“I have just come out of the (Referees Committee) office now to communicate with them what I know. The referees can expect their allowances sometime this week.”

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