FIVE of LMPS’ new recruits have failed the police entrance test.
The five are Retšelisitsoe Mopeli from Lijabatho, Bokang Mothoana (Kick4Life), Nkesi Rankhasa (Matlama), Seeiso Lerotholi (Kick4Life) and Thabiso Mohapi (Lioli).
Only Kefuoe Mahula, signed from Matlama passed the test.
Other soccer players who have enrolled for the training are there is also Khubetsoana Kamela (Kick4Life), Relebohile Makepe (CCX) and Lebohang Pitso (Likhopo). It is however, not clear when and if they will all sign for LMPS.
Mahula, Kamela, Makepe, Rankhasa, Lerotholi and Mohapi all signed for LMPS during the offseason. Most players who sign for teams that are run by uniformed officers in the hope that they would eventually enroll into the force and get permanent jobs.
Although the five failed to make the cut into the force, club spokesperson Mosiuoa Lekhooana on Friday told the Sunday Express on Friday that it was unlikely that the team would be affected by the developments.
Lekhooana told the Sunday Express on Friday that as much as they would have preferred to have the players enroll into the force, it was not the team management’s responsibility.
“It is unlikely that their failure to make the cut will affect our team because the team management does not have a say who gets hired into the police force,” Lekhooana said.
“There is a procedure to be followed by everyone who wants to join the institution whether as a footballer or not. So, the said players also sat for examinations and unfortunately, they failed to make the cut.
“The police force is a public institution and anyone who wants to join is free as long as they meet the requirements. It is not bad for players to desire to join the force. We are however, yet to sit down with them to map the way forward because they must decide what they want to do.
“For now, they remain LMPS players,” Lekhooana said.