Referees still not paid

Referees still not paid

MASERU – PREMIER league referees and match officials are still waiting for their April and May wages a month after the end of the 2018/19 season.
Econet Telecom Lesotho and the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) are playing the blame game on who is to blame for the failure to pay the referees.
This year alone this paper has, on three separate occasions, reported about referees being owed money and each time they received their wages way behind schedule and only after some stories were published.
Once again, match officials of Lesotho’s elite league are finding themselves in the cold and at the mercy of the league and Econet.

Sources close to the situation say referees are annoyed they have to beg for their wages all the time and that nothing is changing.
The match officials say when they approach the PLMC to find out what is happening with their payments the league always points a finger at Econet saying they have submitted the necessary paperwork to the sponsors and they are also waiting on them.
However, this latest delay has annoyed match officials because it is not happening for the first time.
“We are still waiting for our salaries even now and it is frustrating because we need the money,” a frustrated referee told thepost on condition of anonymity.
“They said the money would be there last week but even now it is not there,” the referee added.
“We asked the league what is happening and they say it is Econet who is responsible. We are tired of always having to fight.”

When contacted for comment and clarification on what the delay is and when referees can expect their wages, Econet spokesperson Puleng Litabe said she has now investigated what is happening and can confirm that Econet has transferred money to the premier league account.
The referees are on a break now with the season over but they will soon return to action for their usual fitness tests which are done before the new campaign begins in September.
One of the country’s top assistant referees, Souru Phatšoane, is currently in Egypt officiating at the on-going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Lesotho also had representatives at the 2019 COSAFA Cup held in Durban, South Africa, earlier this month.

Tlalane Phahla

 

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