MASERU — League champions Lioli have been dealt a body blow after the Disputes and Protests Committee last week ruled Kopano Tseka should stay with his current club Mphatlalatsane.
Tseka — a national team fringe player — has been at the centre of a bitter transfer wrangle between the two clubs since the beginning of this season.
And in yet another setback for the gifted forward — who has not played competitively this term because of the dispute — the committee, on November 24, ruled against Lioli, although the Berea side had 14 days to appeal the decision.
Lioli communications and marketing manager Moeketsi Pitso, meanwhile, told the Sunday Express on Wednesday they were yet to discuss the matter as an executive, while Mphatlalatsane have slammed the premiership champions’ conduct.
“We had no problem with him joining Lioli, if he did it through the correct channels,” Mphatlalatsane public relations officer, Molisana Jomane said.
“But he just went to train with Lioli, who then wrote to us demanding his release,” he said.
Jomane cited Chaka Maile and Napo Moshe — who have moved on loan to Nyenye Rovers and Mpharane Celtics, respectively — as players who have been allowed to leave Mphatlalatsane.
Meanwhile, former Lesotho striker Masupha Majara has left Mphatlalatsane — less than a year after joining the club.
The veteran forward sensationally came out of retirement in January to sign for the Leribe-based club.
And after scoring on his debut, he went on to smash in four goals by the end of the season, helping Mphatlalatsane finish seventh in the Premiership. However, the 36-year-old has not featured for Mphatlalatsane this season, with the former Likuena hitman confirming he has quit the St Monicas outfit.
“Yes, I have left Mphatlalatsane, but it is still my hope that in the second round I will return and play for another team. At the moment, I can’t say which one,” Majara said.