Premier  League referee  laid to rest

Premier League referee laid to rest

MASERU – Veteran Lesotho Premier League referee Mohlolo Phomane was laid to rest in Ha Thetsane last Saturday in a sad farewell to the respected match official who was gunned down at his carwash two weeks ago.
All speakers at his funeral spoke glowingly of Phomane who refereed locally and at internationally for almost two decades.
No arrests have been made in connection to his death and his family appealed to the suspects to hand themselves over to the police.
Khotso Phomane decried the death of his elder brother who was born on July 18, 1966 in Ha Ramorakane, Qeme.

“He was the breadwinner and the anchor of the entire family,” Khotso Phomane said.
“I could say without him we are left alone but God is with us. I know tensions are high but let us all console ourselves. I am just happy that my brother was a born-again Christian; he was living a Christian life. I am consoled now because I am aware that I am not alone but with God almighty,” he added.
Speaking at the funeral on behalf of all Premier League coaches, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) head coach Motheo Mohapi praised Phomane as a “very hard referee who was not easily tricked by players”.

For his part, veteran match official Sello Lesita said Phomane loved football with “all his heart” and was always willing to help even after his retirement four years ago.
“Phomane was trained by me. He was passionate and also had love for football. Even after his retirement he urged the sports fraternity to call him for referees training courses as he was willing to help,” Lesita said.

“He was very intelligent. He used to learn from other referees’ mistakes, that is why he used to do his job perfectly.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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