Lioli’s Kamela goes AWOL
LIOLI has suffered another setback as their utility player, Jeremiah Kamela has gone AWOL after the end of his three months suspension last month.
Tse Nala are also without diminutive midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle who has been sidelined by FIFA and LeFA pending his case where he is charged with refusing to undergo a doping test last year.
In an interview with the Sunday Express recently, Lioli communications and marketing manager Motlatsi Mofokeng confirmed that the former Lesotho international is nowhere to be found.
Mofokeng said Kamela had been suspended by the team’s executive committee after his refusal to corporate when asked to seek a second opinion of other doctors regarding his recurrent ankle injury.
According to Mofokeng that was when the player started to ignore directives from the team’s management.
“He last played for us last season in the second round where he came on as a substitute in our 4-1 loss to Matlama in Maputsoe,” Mofokeng said.
“He had just returned from injury at the time and we had hoped that he had recovered but the injury recurred during the off-season preparations.
“So, he was at the time still getting paid while we were expecting him to attend physiotherapy sessions but all hell broke loose when we asked him that we need the second opinion on his injury because it looked like the first doctor might have missed something.”
Mofokeng said that was when Kamela decided not to take any of their calls until they decide to suspend him for three months which ended last month.
“We tried to get in touch with him to no avail and he was suspended immediately for three months without pay. He was told to come and get his suspension letter but he never did. Even now he still hasn’t come and he ignores all our calls,” he said.
“Suspicion at the club was that Kamela was feigning injury and only wanted to milk Lioli of some money because when we also tried to check with his physio, we were told us that he was no longer going for sessions.
“That is when we decided to have him checked by another specialist but unfortunately, Kamela went AWOL, so we don’t know where he is at the moment.
“There is also rumour that he was recently seen playing with masters teams which is shocking because as far as we are concerned, he is still nursing an injury,” Mofokeng said.
On what the future holds for the 2015/16 Premier League player of the season at Lioli, Mofokeng said the club has written to the player so that he could come and discuss the way forward.
“We wrote to him inviting him to come and talk so, we will only know when we meet hopefully, we will reach a conclusion on whether or not his contract will be terminated,” Mofokeng said.
Attempts to reach the left footed midfielder were fruitless as his mobile phone went on unanswered.