Premier league plots comeback

Premier league plots comeback

MASERU-The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) is working on a proposal to be presented to relevant authorities over the return of football.
According to PLMC spokesperson Qamako Mahao, they are now on their second week drafting the document set to be presented to the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) who will also turn it over to Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC).

It will go through the rightful channels until it gets to Lesotho’s National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC).
Mahao says they want to present a comprehensive document that will meet the requirements and not fail.
He insisted it was important to bring football back because it was the source of livelihood for many people in Lesotho.

Mahao also said during these times teams tend to violate their contracts with players. Although the official numbers that are being used are from NACOSEC, there is a concern about data on the ground.
Such a proposal will have to give provide assurances on the safety measures that would be adopted and make sure football doesn’t become a super spreader for Covid-19.

Football was suspended at the beginning of January before the country went into a three-week national lockdown. Lesotho has moved from the red colour to the orange colour but sport is still prohibited.
“We have been on a proposal that we will give to LEFA and they will present it to the LSRC, we don’t want to come up with a document that will fail.

“It is important that football comes back because our teams violate players’ contracts. Football must be able to adapt and live in this situation but no one must be compromised,” he said.
Due to procedure and parties involved, Mahao could not speculate as to how long it may take to bring the game back or when the document would be approved.

The suspension of sports has not only affected the players, but its effects are now being felt in the media fraternity as well.
For those who are freelancers and get remunerated on what they produce it has been a difficult time, bringing football back is now about preserving the livelihood of those who depend on it.

Mahao said the government through the Ministry of Sports must also do something and see if to it that clubs have some sort of funding.
Football clubs play an important role in the economy of the country. He said LEFA should also consider sponsoring the league.
A total of 254 people have now died of Covid in Lesotho since April last year.

Tlalane Phahla

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