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New PLMC elected

Moorosi Tsiane

MATLAMA president Ikarabele Sello was on Friday evening elected the new Premier League Management Committee chairperson at the elections held at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.

Sefothafotha deputy president Hlompho Maitin will deputise Sello.

Likhopo’s Khotso Nthontho was elected secretary general while Bahaleroe Leleka of Linare elected his deputy.

Liphakoe vice president Moeketsi Ramakatsa was elected the public relations manager while LDF communication and marketing manager Donny Nthakha was elected as a committee member.

The new team takes over from the John Leuta-led committee and is expected to run the elite league for the next two seasons.

Maitin told the Sunday Express yesterday that they would strive to ensure that the laws of the game are followed. He said they have a huge task ahead of them to ensure good governance and professionalism prevails in the league.

“We were elected into this new committee from different camps so I think it is still early days to start talking about our mandate but what I can say is we need to start pushing for our League to be professionalized,” Maitin said.

“The biggest issue is ensuring that we follow rule of law. Our teams need to obey the rules and regulations that govern our football and we do not want a repeat of what happened in the just ended season.”

He said they have learnt from the outgoing committee’s mistakes and would build from its achievements.

“The other challenge was lack of communication between the PLMC and the teams and this one of the issues we noted as the past committee’s weaknesses. However, there are still some triumphs they scored and we would like to build on those going forward,” he said.

Maitin said they will also strive to increase the number of sponsors of the league while also retaining the ones acquired by the outgoing committee.

“Football is a business and it is very expensive to run so we need to ensure that we keep the sponsors which we already have while we also have to go out and source new ones because we can only improve our league when we are financially stable and run the league professionally.”

Asked to comment on whether or not they would will pursue Bantu’s foreign players registration scandal as some of the current members were unsatisfied with how the matter was handled, Maitin said it was still too early to tell.

“I think it is still too early to comment on what will happen with that case. We will have to sit down as the committee first and decide on which path we can take going forward,” Maitin said.

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