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Tussle for control of Lioli continues

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU – The tussle for the control of Econet Premier (EPL) Club Lioli continues, despite the election of the new Lebohang Thotanyana-led administration.

The club’s leadership is still being contested by members of the ousted executive committee led by Lephethesang Hlajoane Lesaoana.

A case will be heard later today before the Disciplinary and Disputes Committee (DISPROCO) of the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) challenging the legitimacy of the new committee; this despite the former administration’s failure to appear before the District Football Association of Berea (DiFA Berea) in July this year – also on a challenge of legitimacy.

In a supporter driven campaign Chaka Chaka, now a member of Lioli’s new executive committee, had sought the intervention of the DiFA to remove Lesaoana’s committee whose tenure had expired, yet they failed to call an elective conference to change leadership and address other internal squabbles that threatened to split the club.

Thotanyana was elected into office on August 30 after the club supporters and the Principal Chief of Ha ’Mamathe who is also the team’s patron, Chief Sempe Gabasheane Masupha, froze all the club’s funds in an attempt to push the then Lioli committee to the recent annual general meeting.

This fresh dispute has forced the football mother-body (LeFA) to hold the club’s COVID-19 relief funds from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), pending finality of the case.

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