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Likuena player in theft scandal

Moorosi Tsiane


A LIKUENA player who travelled with the side to Mozambique for friendlies last week is in hot soup after he allegedly stole from the team manager.

Sources told the Sunday Express yesterday that the player, (name supplied) was allegedly caught on camera stealing from Lehlohonolo Matlosa’s room.

Likuena is currently in Mozambique for a tri-nation mini tournament with hosts Mozambique and eSwatini.

The tournament is part of the three teams’ preparations for this year’s edition of the COSAFA Cup tournament penned in for 2 to 17 July in Durban.

Likuena were last Wednesday thumped 6-0 by the hosts. The side also lost 1-0 to eSwatini yesterday afternoon.

According to sources, the player allegedly entered Matlosa’s room and took M1500 on Friday. He later returned the money after it was revealed that he had been caught red-handed by the closed-circuit television (CCTV).

Sources also revealed that this was the second time that the player has been involved in money theft while on tour with the national team. Early this year, the same player was allegedly accused of stealing money in Benin during Likuena’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers campaign. It is however, unclear whose money was stolen in Benin and whether or not it was returned.

Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) secretary general Mokhosi Mohapi confirmed to the Sunday Express yesterday that he had heard of the matter. He however, said he did not have adequate details on the matter.

“At the moment, we are not in a position to say what exactly happened but we can confirm that we have heard the report,” Mohapi said.

“We are yet to get a full report of what happened.”

Mohapi also said LeFA is also dealing with a case where one player is suspected to have smoked marijuana before reporting for camp. The player was allegedly reeking of marijuana when he reported for camp last Sunday.

“There are lots of issues that we must deal with so that we get to the bottom of the matter. We also have a case of a player who is suspected to be using drugs and reported for camp last Sunday smelling of marijuana.

“It is such matters that tarnish the images of the association and we must get to the bottom of such issues,” Mohapi said.

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