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Matlama supporters meet to plan future

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — Matlama supporters have called a general meeting before the end of the season in June to address problems bedeviling their team.

At least 74 supporters last month signed a petition giving the team’s national executive committee 14 days to call a meeting to discuss the team’s problems that have seen the former league champions lie a lowly sixth out of the 14 team-Vodacom Premier League log.

But the club failed to respond to the petition forcing the supporters to call for another meeting at the end of the season later this month.

The supporters said they are now planning to assemble at Pitso Ground before the end of this season to chart a way forward for the troubled Tse Putsoa.

Tsiu Monne, who is among the Matlama supporters behind the protest, told the Sunday Express last week that they have called on all Matlama supporters’ branches to attend the general meeting.

“There is a serious problem within the team yet the committee has refused to call a meeting so that we tackle this as a unit,” Monne said.

“Because our pleas have fallen on deaf ears and it seems they are not concerned about this team, we are calling on all supporters’ branches to attend the meeting before the end of this season,” he said.

The purpose of the meeting is to find a long-lasting solution to Matlama’s problems.

“We do not and never wanted the committee out but we just want them to report back to us — the owners of the team — what is going on,” he said.

Monne added: “We are going to meet as supporters from all branches and take a decision on the way forward.”

In a separate interview, Matlama public relations officer, Lesolle Phalatsi, said the supporters “know their position”.

“I think the people who wrote that letter or the petition were not faceless people and have names,” Phalatsi said.

“They know their position because we are having discussions whenever we meet,” he said.

Monne alleged it was difficult to work closely with the committee because most of them had lost interest in the team.

“During last year’s elections, there were nine people elected into the committee but there are now only two left.

“Who would answer or address us because the committee members are not there?

“The president is in South Africa full time, it’s been three months since we last saw him and the secretary is still recovering after a long illness.

“The vice secretary has resigned and it’s now close to a month since we last heard our public relations officer advertising Matlama affairs on radio.”

Matlama have endured a terrible season this year.

Last year the club fired coach Ndebele Taole and transfer-listed several key players plunging the club into a crisis.

Four other coaches who were appointed to take over also fell by the wayside after they were either fired or threw in the towel for poor results.

The latest coach to resign was Motlalepula ‘Maradona’ Majoro who quit last month.

Matlama, who have been without a head coach since last month, lie on seventh position with a measly 32 points, 10 points behind leaders Lesotho Correctional Service.

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