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LeFA extends season

Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) has extended the 2019/20 soccer season to the last day of July 2020.

The league had initially been penned in to end today.

LeFA secretary general Mokhosi Mohapi told the Sunday Express yesterday that they were still contemplating when the action should resume.

LeFA, the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) and other league management committees suspended soccer activities in March this year to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

However, LeFA is yet to decide whether or not to abort the league.

Mohapi told the Sunday Express yesterday that the LeFA national executive committee (NEC) resolved to extend the season in its Friday meeting.

“The NEC met on Friday 29 May 2020 and resolved to extend the 2019/20 season until 31 July 2020,” Mohapi said.

“However, this is just preliminarily because should we be forced to extend the season further, we will still do that. This decision is not cast in stone.”

He said they were committed to finding ways to ensure early resumption of soccer action once the circumstances allow them.

“The NEC is committed to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season that was suspended in March due to the Corona Virus pandemic and ensuring that all domestic matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so,” he said.

Mohapi advised players and referees to continue with their individual training in order to be ready for action once their respective leagues resume.

“Players and referees should continue their trainings as we explore ways to complete the season. The clubs are advised to ensure that their players adhere to strict measures of individual training as any player who is registered with any club registered under LeFA is liable to suspension in the event that they break the laws. The same applies to referees.”

He said they would meet the National Emergency Command Centre (NECC) on Tuesday to present their plan on resumption of soccer games.

“We have done our own studies and have noticed things that we require to resume soccer action safely. On Tuesday we are meeting with the command centre to make our presentations and we will see how that goes,” Mohapi said.

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