Turmoil rocks Majantja

Turmoil rocks Majantja

MASERU – The turmoil continues at Majantja with the Econet Premier League side dealing with the sudden walk-out of new signing Bongani Marate and the suspension of assistant coach Masupha Letsie.

It is all part of what is becoming a familiar and gloomy script in Mohale’s Hoek with Majantja also in the relegation zone after last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Matlama.
Things didn’t get any better on Monday when Marate downed tools and returned to his native South Africa.
Marate joined the club in August on the recommendation of Majantja coach Ramoshweu Malapane, who is also from South Africa, but walked out after demanding a higher allowance from the club.

Majantja spokesperson Tšepang Makakule said the club is still deciding what action to take next.
He said the club could not afford the money Marate wanted and the player decided to quit.
According to Makakule, Marate was on a non-payment contract with no agreement on a salary. However, he refused to disclose Marate’s allowance and the amount he wanted from Majantja.
“Bongani rejected the money we were giving him and we heard that he left,” Makakule said on Tuesday.

“He wanted more than the club was giving him and we could not afford it. The money that he was given was good but he refused it. He came to us with the recommendation of the coach and we will sit and talk with the coach and see how we resolve it. I can’t say (Marate) was given more money than other players but it was good,” he added.
Last season Majantja were troubled by off-field problems involving the club’s management and early in last year’s Econet Premier League campaign players abandoned training due to unpaid salaries.

On the field things have been similarly disappointing this season.
Despite beating Lioli early last month, there has been very little else to cheer in Mohale’s Hoek. Majantja have lost five of their seven league games and have collected just four points from a possible 21.

Makakule also confirmed that Marate’s compatriot Lefa Thubeha has returned to South Africa because he was not registered to play.
He said Thubeha was only training with Majantja and decided to go home until January when the club will try to register him again.
“(Thubeha) was not registered because when the registration deadline arrived we were not able to register him,” Makakule said.

“We felt he should go back and we will try to register him again in January because he was an expenses for the club yet he was not playing.”
Marate and Thubeha’s departures come after assistant coach Masupha Letsie was suspended over “behavioural conduct” last month.
Makakule said the club is “investigating” Letsie’s situation.

“(Letsie) did not leave, we let him go because there are things that he did that we are investigating and we could not do our investigations with him around. He had to go,” Makakule said.
“I don’t know when we will be done but we are still investigating. I can’t say what he did until we are done.”

Luciah Phahla

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