Why LBA is in turmoil

Why LBA is in turmoil

MASERU – The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) is experiencing turmoil which reached crisis point last month when four members of executive committee resigned from their respective posts. The four are public relations officer Ntoko Marake, director of women in sports Relebohile Lebatla, director of development Fako Masupha and director of referees and table officials Bokang Pharela.
Speaking to thepost on behalf of the quartet on Tuesday, Marake said they resigned from their positions because they feel LBA vice-president Tefo Mosala is running the association by himself and is making decisions without informing other members of the executive.
The current LBA executive committee was elected last January but things have not gone seamlessly since.

The LBA executive is now left with four members which means there are not enough numbers to make managerial decisions.
Marake said the quartet’s decision to resign from their position is a strong indication that they have no confidence in the LBA executive.

Since the resignations, the association brought in Tšeliso Kheleli to help with operations within the LBA office but he also resigned on Monday without giving reasons.
“The decisions made by (LBA vice-president Tefo) Mosala are null and void since he is making them alone,” Marake told thepost referring to the scheduling of National Basketball League (NBL) games, LBA finances, media briefings and officiating.

Approached for comment, LBA vice-president Mosala said the strife began in early December when Bokamoso Basketball Club wanted to be squeezed into the Summer Slam Basketball Tournament despite failing to confirm their participation in the competition before the deadline to register.
Mosala said he believes Marake, Lebatla, Masupha and Pharela are still disgruntled that he refused Bokamoso to play in the showpiece Summer Slam Tournament.
Masupha and Pharela are both high-ranking members of Bokamoso Basketball Club while Lebatla is the wife of Bokamoso head coach.
“This is just an act of teammates and friends who want to show a motion of no-confidence in me without (having) any valid reasons to do so. They got angry with me while (I was) trying to do the right thing,” Mosala said.

Mosala also cited an incident last year when Masupha requested the LBA to help with the upkeep of the CTC recreational basketball courts at Lesotho Correctional Service for development purposes only for the association to later discover that the courts were being used for Bokamoso Basketball Club sessions and not for development.
Mosala said he stopped all assistance in the maintenance of the courts.

Masupha, who is a founder and a key player of Bokamoso, was unavailable for comment and attempts to reach his phone proved futile.
On Tuesday, LBA president Francis Koma released a press statement asking for the association to be given space to resolve its matters internally.
“You have known about the resignations from the Executive Committee by four members. The Executive Committee as mandated by the constitution continued carrying all the duties except issues that require quorum, e.g. matters requiring change of policy etc.,” Koma’s statement read.

“As the President I would like the media houses to be patient and give basketball the space to resolve whatever is there internally in the spirit of sport and basketball. One thing I know and I am sure of is that, basketball has the will, capacity and the spirit to find solutions. I am also sure that basketball at the end of the day will be victorious and basketball shall come out stronger and united,” the statement continued.

There was no word as to what would happen next or if the LBA will hold fresh executive elections. However, Koma said the LBA will hold an annual general meeting (AGM) in March.
“The AGM is the highest decision making body of the LBA, and it is therefore my humble plea that, let us allow this important organ to deal with these matters,” Koma said in the statement.
“All members of the Executive are elected by the congress during the AGM, it is therefore proper to allow it to decide on the way forward and on the fate of those Executive Committee members,” he continued.
“As the President of LBA I am announcing that the date for the AGM has been schedule for the 3rd of March 2019, venue will be communicated in due (course).”

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