THE 2017/18 soccer season has ended and teams have already released their players for the winter break as they are expected to spend the time in recovery from a long and demanding spell.
Most teams have given players some time off save for Likhopo, Lithabaneng Golden and Ketane who are expected to play in the Premier League relegation play offs on yet to be decided dates.
This is an important phase for the players but unfortunately most often lose their heads.
Just last week, Likuena coach, Moses Maliehe, released the final 20-man national squad for the ongoing COSAFA Cup being staged in Limpopo, South Africa.
Mosiuoa Boseeka, Lebajoa Mosehlenyane and Kefuoe Mahula were not part of the list.
Football followers know that Mosehlenyane ended the season on a high note and had a stellar second half of the season after joining Matlama from Bantu this January.
It was not surprising that the speedy right winger was left out of the team despite his exploits in the just ended season as reports suggest ill-discipline cost him a place in the team.
Word has it that he was recently spotted roaming the streets of Maseru while imbibing from a quart of larger.
Such behavior from professional players is unacceptable especially at a during crucial national team preparations for their quarter final clash against Eswatini yesterday.
It is a given that players are human beings and they still want to mingle with their peers during the off-season being a role model comes with responsibilities. Apart from their personal images, they also have to protect their respective teams’ brands.
A celebrity status, in as much as celebrities may want to come closer to the people, is best kept mysterious. Few soccer lovers would still go to the stadium to watch their drinking partners on the pitch.
Local players have a responsibility to ensure that professionalism is fostered in the league and it starts with self-respect.
Ill-discipline has cost many players their careers even in neighbouring South Africa and several first world countries.
It is vital for players to keep their behaviour in check lest it costs them when they go for trials in foreign and more developed leagues.