MASERU — Disgruntled members of the Mokhotlong District Football Association (Difa) want sports minister Thesele ’Maseribane to intervene in their power struggle. Difa Mokhotlong members have been at each other’s throat in the past month over power before and after their executive committee elections.
Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) acting chief executive Mokhosi Mohapi told the Sunday Express on Friday that the warring camps had sought ’Maseribane’s intervention. “Yes it is true that they have written a letter to the minister of sports,” Mohapi said.
“I however can’t comment further on that because I had gone to Mokhotlong to deal with this issue and can’t give media anything before I submit a report to the president (Salemane Phafane),” he said.
According to reports from Mokhotlong, the power struggle between the two factions in that district started when the then committee suspended five teams from the association.
Mojakisane Brothers (St James zone), Lesotho Mounted Police Service, FC Young Masters and Liamoha FC (central zone) and Balefe FC (Mapholaneng zone) were suspended on different charges prior to the elections.
The first results for an election held in July were declared null and void after the suspended teams’ members were voted into the committee despite their supposed ineligibility. Seeiso Khotso was elected president, Lipholo Motloang as vice president while Bonang Nthoatona was supposed to sit in the committee as public relations officer (media).
Letlaka Nkalai was elected public relations officer (marketing) while Lekhupane and Makalo Mohloai were both voted in as members. The former committee members quickly wrote to the association demanding that the elections be declared null and void.
The letter was written by the then general secretary Sekonyela Molefe whose faction had lost the elections. After studying the letter, Lefa then declared the elections null and void and ordered that fresh elections be held within two weeks after the order was issued.
Fresh elections were held on September 8 and Mokhethi Lenka emerged as president while Molefe was voted in as first vice president. Makalo Mosoai was elected as second vice president while Bonang Nthoatona and Mothepu Mothae were voted in as public relations officers media and marketing, respectively.
Lekutloane Setsase and Ramosebetsi Mokashane are committee members. Nthoatoane and Mokashane are the only new members in this committee. The other faction then wrote a letter to ’Maseribane demanding that he intervene in their power struggle. Attempts to get hold of ’Maseribane were fruitless as his mobile phone was constantly unavailable.