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League clubs meet new requirements

Pascalinah Kabi


MASERU — At least 12 Vodacom Premier League teams have complied with the minimum requirements as set out in the Mohale Declaration.

The teams have since last month been inspected by the Premier League’s management committee.

The four teams yet to be inspected are Linare, Mphatlalatsene, Butha-Buthe Roses and LPMS.

According to the Mohale Declaration — a roadmap to turn domestic football professional — each Premier League team is expected to have 100 registered supporters, eight marshals, a rubber stamp and a revised constitution.

Every team is also expected to provide a technical area with 24 seats and a stretcher during home matches.

A team that fails to meet the minimum requirements is punished through a point-docking system.

Premier league chairperson Tlholo Letete told the Sunday Express the 12 teams inspected so far all met the minimum requirements.

“The teams that were inspected all met the requirements,” he said.

Letete however said there were other things lacking during the inspections.

“There were other things needed during games that the teams did not have during inspection days,” he said without elaborating.

“All the inspected teams however reported last week that they’ve managed to put everything in place.

“But we have not done the verification to see if they really have them.”

Letete said the remaining teams will be inspected next weekend.

He said he was happy that teams were taking recommendations contained in the Mohale Declaration seriously.

“I believe it’s a positive sign that our Premier League teams also want to have achieved something by 2012,” Letete said.

“Once we’ve achieved this, we can be able to set other targets.”

According to the Mohale Declaration, the Premier League will also be trimmed to 12 teams by 2012.

There are currently 16 teams in the top division, with four being relegated at the end of the season.

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