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Phafane’s message to the new minister



MASERU – The president of the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA), Advocate Salemane Phafane, has reiterated his claims that the previous regime at the Ministry of Sport interfered with the association’s elections last year.

Phafane addressed the association’s ordinary congress on Saturday at Mojalefa Lephole Victory Hall. He was addressing the congress while also conveying a message to the new Minister of Sport Pitso Lesaoana about how his predecessors had failed.

He stated that it is no secret that the relationship between the ministry and the association was at its lowest point in history. He claimed it was unhealthy.

He went on to say that he couldn’t remember the last time the ministry set foot in Bambatha, or even saw their teams off to play international games. Relations had deteriorated to the point where neither party could agree on anything or everything.

During last year’s elective congress, Phafane spoke publicly about the ministry’s meddling and attempt to cause destabilisation.

The Directorate on Criminal and Economic Offences (DCEO) raided DIFA Leribe, seizing receipt books and other equipment. He claimed they were seized for no reason other than to cause instability.

“The ministry got itself entangled in the internal politics of LEFA, you will remember that. I spoke about it in the last congress that we knew for a fact there were people who were sponsored by the ministry to go and campaign for other people in the districts. That was terribly unacceptable.” He said.

“We know that government motor vehicles were released to people who are not employed by the government.

They were released to them to go campaign in the districts because certain people had to be removed and certain people had to be installed. That was meddling in the affairs of LEFA.” He continued.

Phafane stated that now that the ministry has new leadership, he believes they will begin to enjoy their home.

He stated that they do not see the ministry or the sports commission as opponents or enemies, but that they hope that lessons have been learned and that there will be no further interference in the affairs of the federation.

“They were dreading on a very dangerous ground which could if we had elevated it, it could or might have resulted in the suspension of LEFA from international competitions.” He said.

The ministry’s director of sports Puisano Tšosane was present and did not waste time to send a message to her.

“So we believe madam director that you will be advising the new minister accordingly as to how the ministry has to relate with the federation. We are dying to come to our home.

We can’t wait to come to the Ministry of Sports which we haven’t been able to do in years.” He said.

“Please communicate with the minster that we are dying to see him and we are dying to invite him to our facilities and introduce him to say ‘this is what we have done, this is what we have built.

Minister this is how you may go about getting Setsoto back in order. This is where your predecessor lost it resulting in the condemnation of Setsoto.” He said.

He also urged the Members of Parliament present, including DIFA Leribe Vice President, to champion the interests of football and all sports in general, and to send a message to MPs that LEFA is not their enemy.

“LEFA is their friend and that they can go places if they came to understand just how important sport is especially football.

And they came to understand they could work with and through LEFA to change this country they would go places.” He said.

Tlalane Phahla


Four badminton players jets to SA



Four local badminton players will leave the country on Sunday for the All Africa Senior Championships 2023 to be held in Benoni, South Africa.

All countries in Africa are expected to attend the tournament.

Lesotho will be represented by two males, Neo Rahlolo and Tebello Selemela and two females Khahliso Khetheng and Refiloe Moeletsi.

The national squad head coach, Nyakallo Seboka, told thepost that he is aiming for the quarter finals, but said his players did not have thorough preparation due to distance.

Two athletes are based in Maseru, while the other two are in Maputsoe.

The main challenge is that they should have practiced together because there will be doubles and mixed doubles competition and it is not easy to compete as a team players had not trained together.

The four players qualified last year in Maputsoe during the qualifying tournament and considered the best among their peers.

“It’s a big tournament because all the countries are taking all their number ones,” Seboka said.

“We have not had great preparation because our athletes live in different places and it has been difficult to get them together to train,” he said.

“They need to have trained together because we are going to have individuals and team events, mixed doubles as well. However, if we could make it to the quarter finals I would be happy.”

They will know when they arrive in Benoni who they have been paired with.

Seboka said they wished they could have left the country earlier so that the players can rest but they have had challenges with funding.

Tlalane Phahla

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Likuena’s international matches woes continue



LIKUENA’S uncomfortable hosting of their international matches in South Africa will not come to an end any time soon.

This is because Lesotho’s only national stadium, which was the only CAF-approved facility about three years ago, remains unapproved after CAF found it seriously wanting.

CAF made recommendations on what needs to be fixed then, and the government has been making promises but little has come out of them.

Two weeks ago the government, through the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC), wrote to Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) telling them that the state of the national stadium has not changed.
The letter was a response after the association’s enquiry for an update on the status of the ground.
The association had been told that there was no money for the renovations.

“The status of Setsoto Stadium has not changed. That is all the concerns raised by CAF have not yet been attended to,” the LSRC told LEFA.

The developments required by CAF include massive renovation, re-grassing, installing modern floodlights and a standby generator.

This update from the government is also bad news to the Premier League teams as the winner of the league will not be enrolled in the CAF Champions League unless the stadium is put back to required standards.

Last year in November, LEFA announced that quit CAF’s continental club competitions until further notice.
Bantu are currently leading the table with three points ahead of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
Should any of them win they would not enjoy the benefits of competing internationally.

When suspending Lesotho’s participation in continental club competitions, LEFA cited high costs of hosting games in South Africa because of the Setsoto’s unavailability.

Likuena will host Zambia in Dobsonville Stadium in March in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

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LEFA responds to Chief Theko’s attacks



MASERU-THE Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has reacted angrily and furiously to Thaba-Bosiu Principal Chief Khoabane Theko’s baseless and malicious attack.

At the funeral of the late Seepheephe Matete last weekend, the outspoken Chief is said to have attacked the association’s president, advocate Salemane Phafane, and secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi.

The association issued a statement on Wednesday, expressing their disgust at the chief’s remarks.

The association said it was saddening to hear Chief Theko abuse and misuse the platform he was given at the funeral to mislead and deceive the nation on administrative matters about which he had no knowledge of.

Instead of using the platform to honour the late football legend, Chief Theko saw it as an opportunity to make ill-conceived and misguided accusations against the association’s leadership.

“Firstly, Chief Khoabane claimed that building of stadia in the country is the responsibility of the association. The Chief who knows nothing about football administration would have known, if he had done his homework that football associations do not construct stadiums.” The statement said.

“This is the responsibility of the government and municipalities. The Chief has been part of the Governments of Lesotho, and should have [played] his part to ensure that stadia are built in Lesotho instead of sitting on his laurels and continuing to draw government salaries which he continues to date.” It continued.

LEFA says Chief Theko exposed his naivety when he claimed Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena is the only facility that the association has built. LEFA has to date built three technical centres that are ready and already being used to host Premier League matches.

One centre at Bambatha is nearing full completion, the other two in Mohale’s Hoek and Maputsoe are fully functional. The artificial turf at Setsoto stadium was installed by the assoccition, they are also in the process of building similar centres in Thaba- Tseka, Quthing, Berea and Ha Mabote.

“The leadership of football in the country wishes to refresh Chief Khoabane’s failing memory that it was only in November 2019, when current FIFA president Gianni Infantino and his delegation visited the Mountain Kingdom, as opposed to his misinformed claims that the FIFA president last visited Lesotho during Sepp Blatter’s tenure in office.” It said.

“It does not come as a surprise that Chief Khoabane was openly and publicly denounced by another Chief at the same funeral. Something is self-inflicted as a result of Chief Khoabane’s playing to the gallery which has turned him into a laughing stock.” It continued.

The association urged the Chief to familiarise himself with football matters, and also to refrain hijacking other people’s funerals as a platform for his misinformation as the leadership of football will take him on if he wishes.

Tlalane Phahla

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