Rivals in panic mode, say Bantu

Rivals in panic mode, say Bantu

MASERU – Bantu vice-president Molefi Lengosane says he is not surprised by the numerous court cases brought against his club by fellow Econet Premier League teams.

Lengosane’s comments come after the Disputes and Protests Committee (DISPROCO) of the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) on Monday threw out cases filed against ‘A Matšo Matebele’ by Matlama and Linare regarding the eligibility of Bantu defender Motlomelo Mkhwanazi who joined the club at the beginning of the season.

The Econet Premier League champions say they are not surprised the cases always surface when the title race starts heating up.
Both Matlama and Linare argued that by featuring Mkhwanazi, Bantu used a player who was not properly registered and claimed the Lesotho international belonged to Lioli instead.

Mkhwanazi, who featured for Sundawana last season, joined Bantu in September after a protracted transfer standoff with rivals Lioli.
Last month Lioli released a statement on their Facebook page denying they failed to produce evidence to the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) that Mkhwanazi belonged to them which paved the way for the player to join Bantu.

Lioli’s declaration prompted the latest probe against ‘A Matšo Matebele’ but both Matlama, who are going head-to-head with Bantu for the league title, and Linare failed to prove their cases to the PLMC and Mkhwanazi will continue to don Bantu’s black and gold colours.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, Lengosane said instead of focusing on the cases against them the Mafeteng giants are determined to keep working hard and growing the club’s brand.

“Bantu is a big team. We have been winning trophies, our brand is growing and we are getting more sponsors,” Lengosane said.
“I don’t know if it’s jealousy that these cases always come up every season but if all the teams work together we can grow football. Mkhwanazi was already playing for us and he will continue to do,” he insisted.

This is not the first time Bantu find themselves entangled in a web regarding their players.
Last season the two-time defending league champions were embarrassed by a registration scandal where five Bantu players were found to be from South Africa but held legitimate local documents which enabled the club to register them as Lesotho nationals.

Bantu were found guilty and docked points in that case but Lengosane insisted the club has breached no rules with Mkhwanazi.
Bantu are in action on Sunday against Majantja in the second leg of the sides’ Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 quarterfinal. ‘A Matšo Matebele’ comfortably won the first leg 3-0 and are firm favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ also remain in the running to defend their league crown. They are five points behind Matlama with a game in hand as the Econet Premier League title race approaches its climax.

Tlalane Phahla

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