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Matlama heads for elections


. . . as supporters, patrons lose patience over poor run

Moorosi Tsiane

MATLAMA Football Club patrons have brought forward a special conference to elect a new executive committee to 28 October 2017 in a bid to stem a continuing poor run that has seen the club languish in seventh place.

The special conference for the country’s most successful side was supposed to be held in December this year, but Matlama’s continued lacklustre performances in the 2017/18 season prompted the patrons to bring the date forward to elect a new executive committee.

Matlama’s five chief patrons consist of the Maseru principal chiefs, Khoabane Theko (Thaba-Bosiu), Seeiso Bereng Seeiso (Matsieng), Mabela Maama (Roma), Bereng Api (Ramabanta) and Bereng Bereng (Rothe).

The team also has ordinary patrons who are all former presidents of the club.

According to one of the patrons, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, they were alarmed by the continuation of last season’s poor run into this season and decided to bring the special conference forward.

Matlama are usually premier league title contenders, but they ended the last season in eighth position.

In the 2017/18 campaign, Tse Putsoa has collected five points from a possible 12 and are sitting on seventh position in the 14-team Econet Premier League table with two draws, a win and a loss.

Coach, Seephephe Matete, resigned a fortnight ago in light of the poor start, and has since been replaced by Mosito Matela.

“After the team finished in eighth position last season, none of the people associated with the team were happy,” the source said.

“But, we decided to give the executive committee time to put their house in order. Unfortunately, the poor foam continued into this season and the Matlama community was not happy which meant that we had to intervene.”

The source said the patrons held a meeting with the current executive committee on 23 September 2017 which was attended by Chief Theko and other patrons.

“The meeting was held after the executive committee refused to listen to the concerns of Matlama supporters,” said the source, adding that the tenure of the executive committee had been extended by a year last August after the club’s constitution was amended.

“The truth of the matter is that we really didn’t have a problem with them adding another year to their three-year terms which were supposed to end in August last year.

“The extension ended in August this year, and now only three members who were elected are still in the executive committee, while the other eight members were co-opted. Such a situation shows the extent of the club’s problems.”

The source added: “We had told them to continue working as an interim committee at least until December when we had earmarked the special elective conference.

“But we ran out of patience with them as the team continued to struggle. We can’t expect a team to perform well under such a shaky management, so we had to intervene.”

Matlama manager, Limpho Tshepe, acknowledged the meeting but would not be drawn to elaborate into it.

“I have also heard that there was such a meeting through our secretary, but at the moment I have nothing to say because the executive committee is yet to have its usual Tuesday meeting and map the way forward,” Tshepe said as he acknowledged the end of their terms.

“It is true that our terms have ended and we have to let Matlama decide on the committee that they want. Ultimately, the team is theirs, and not ours.”



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