LERIBE – The executive committee of Vodacom Premier League rookies CCX FC are against the dismissal of the club’s Chief Executive Officer, Maponyane Letsie.
Officials from the Leribe-based side disowned the letter sent by the club’s President Moholi Thetsane to Letsie, stating that the letter is null and void since Thetsane reached the decision alone.
CCX FC is under the Catholic Comprehensive Community College (CCCC), previously known as Technical School of Leribe (TSL). The club is managed by two parties with 30 percent being held by CCCC, while a 70 percent stake is in the hands of B-Division side, All Aces FC, located in Mohale’s Hoek.
CCX FC Communications and Marketing Manager, Makabethi Chondile, said that the club had partnered with All Aces FC from Mohale’s Hoek which is the main shareholder so the committee comprises members from both clubs. He said the President (Thetsane) is from CCX FC, while Vice President Lethusang Nts’ekalle is from All Aces FC.
Chondile therefore said the management of the All Aces FC was not consulted about the dismissal of the Letsie as the CEO. He said instead of Moholi making the decision unilaterally, the issue should have been brought to the table to be discussed by the combination of the two clubs. But Chondile said not even Ntšekalle as the Vice President knew about the details of Letsie’s suspension.
“I saw the letter but very unfortunately I saw it on social media,” said Chondile. “Letsie was never brought before the disciplinary committee by the President or anyone.” Chondile further said: “Members of the committee met with the Vice President Nts’ekalle. We were so worried about the way the issue of the CEO being fired trends on social media without the committee being informed.
“Nts’ekalle tried to reach the President through phone calls more than six times to hear his side regarding the letter but, unfortunately, he did not answer his phone.” Letsie, on the other hand, said he never received the said dismissal letter personally, except only seeing the letter on social media.
“CCX FC is not the minority shareholder (of the merger) and, as a result, they cannot just fire me without hearing and without informing the main shareholder (All Aces FC),” said Letsie, “This is why I don’t know the reasons leading to the said letter of dismissal.” Letsie, the former Lesotho international referee and the Lesotho Referees Association’s Public Relations Officer, further revealed that he is serving as the CEO for both CCX FC and All Aces FC.
Letsie was before suspended by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) in February last year. LeFA at that time said Letsie was suspended for bringing the association into disrepute on several occasions with his actions and comments, saying among other things he recently misrepresented to the Referees Committee by communicating to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) without the authority to do so.