Mofokeng in resignation U-turn

Mofokeng in resignation U-turn

MASERU – Lioli spokesman Motlatsi Mofokeng has reversed his decision to resign as the club’s communications and marketing manager.
Mofokeng joined Lioli in January and had become a visible presence for the club through various media platforms and on game-days.
Well-known for his energetic style, he has also been a key figure in organising several of the club’s off-field activities such as Lioli’s players’ awards gala dinner which will be held before the new season starts.

However, a few months ago, tensions began simmering with Lioli’s Maseru supporters’ branch over the allocation of match-day duties and last week, Mofokeng tendered his resignation to leave the Teyateyaneng club.

Mofokeng complained that he felt unprotected by Lioli’s management and that his life was in danger because sections of the Maseru branch were threatening him personally.
The popular spokesperson, who has worked for other big clubs including Bantu, held a clear-the-air meeting with Lioli’s management on Tuesday.
Mofokeng said the club’s hierarchy promised to intervene and resolve his issues with the Maseru supporters’ branch causing him to change his mind and stay with ‘Tse Nala’.
“I wanted to resign but the management asked me to continue with my job,” Mofokeng told thepost.
“They promised to talk to the (supporters’) branches.”

Mofokeng was at the head of numerous innovations when he assumed his role as Lioli’s spokesman and head of marketing at the start of the year. The changes included delegating match-day duties to different branches and modifying the club’s logo.
Both those changes touched a nerve, however.

Lioli’s merchandise vendors were opposed to the changes in the club’s logo and some refused to sell the team’s stock.
Mofokeng also had several run-ins with the Maseru supporters’ branch which insisted it should be in charge of ushering duties at all home matches and refused to give other branches an opportunity.

Supporters’ branches receive a fee from ‘Tse Nala’ when they oversee ushering and other security duties at league and cup matches.
Their job is to help ensure proper crowd control and safety at Lioli’s games. Mofokeng said the club’s Maseru supporters didn’t want to miss out on the financial benefits.
“We changed the team’s logo and people who have been selling the merchandise did not like that idea,” he said.
“Another challenge I had was that the Maseru branch members who usually work as ushers during matches ended up attacking me as an individual because we reached the conclusion to rotate the ushering job. They fight because of benefits they get when ushering,” Mofokeng added.

“My understanding is that we all have to benefit from the team and that is why we decided to make it a rotation amongst the different branches of the team.”
Mofokeng, who is a police officer by trade, said he felt the best course of action was to withdraw himself from the discord.
“The problem was that my committee did not protect me enough so as member of Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) I believed resigning was a good move so that people do not think I am causing trouble in the community,” he said.

However, Mofokeng said Tuesday’s meeting with Lioli’s management was a positive one.
“From now on the branches will rotate ushering duties from branch to branch so that all branches benefit from the team unlike before when Maseru branch was the only one benefiting,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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