No full payments for some clubs

No full payments for some clubs

MASERU-The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has confirmed that clubs which did not play their full allotment of first round fixtures will not receive the full Covid-19 Relief Fund share they are entitled to.

LEFA’s secretariat on Tuesday said few a clubs in Mafeteng did not play their full first round of fixtures. A few weeks ago LEFA announced it had started the process to release funds to the clubs and said teams will share the money equally depending on their divisions.
LEFA has been working on verifying clubs that are affiliated with the association and played in the past season that was ended abruptly due to the outbreak of Covid-19 worldwide.

Last month, the governing football body in the country received half of the US$1 million it is set to collect from FIFA as relief to local football.
The amount equates to M8 660 000 in local currency and it comes following a pledge made by FIFA in June when its council unanimously approved a support plan that will make US$1.5 billion available to assist the global football community cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

LEFA says the money will be paid from early next week and the top-flight Econet Premier League has been allocated M1 120 000 million with its 14 clubs set to share the money equally, which amounts to M80 000 each.
The 20 A-Division teams, meanwhile, have been allocated M800 000 while the B-Division has been allotted the biggest share of the money with the division’s 458 clubs to share M4 580 000 million.

The 181 C-Division teams have been given M1 086 000 million.
Money has also been set aside for LEFA’s internal structures with M395 000 assigned to organs such as LEFA’s referees committee, the Lesotho Institutions Sports Association (LISA), Lesotho School Principals Association (LEPSA) and the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC).

M679 000 has also been allocated to prepare for the return of football which has been on hold since March because of Covid-19.
Yesterday, LEFA was called by Principal Secretary and Director of Sports from the Ministry of Sport to present their plan for the return to football and competition.

Tuesday was the start of the 2020/21 season by way of registration of clubs and club licensing applications. LEFA insists that even if players were to be registered, group training is still prohibited.

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