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Parly summons Lefa

Pascalinah Kabi

 

MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) has been summoned to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain its decision not to enter the national team in the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

Lefa will appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee responsible for sport on May 4.

Representatives of the parent Ministry of Sports and the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission will also appear before the committee together with Lefa officials.

The development comes after opposition Lesotho Workers Party MP Sello Maphalla and youth leaders of political parties vowed to press the government to stop funding Lefa over the Nations Cup debacle.

Lefa every year receives M1 million from the government to fund its programmes.

Sports Minister ‘Mathabiso Lepono last month said she could not take Lefa to task over the Nations Cup fiasco or any other football-related matter because Lesotho would risk a ban from the international game.

The international football body Fifa’s statutes do not allow governments or politicians to interfere in the running of the game.

The appearance of Lefa before a parliamentary committee could yet raise alarm in Fifa corridors.

All Basotho Convention youth leader and parliamentarian Libe Moremoholo, a member of the parliamentary committee responsible for sport, confirmed the committee had summoned Lefa.

“During our sitting we agreed that Lefa will be meeting the committee on May 4 to explain its decision to withdraw Likuena from international competitions,” Moremoholo said.

“In actual fact, we’ve summoned Lefa because according to the National Assembly standing orders we have the right to call anybody before the committee.”

Moremoholo added: “We have also called the sports minister to explain something that we want to get from her regarding this matter.

“The sports commission has also been summoned over the same matter.”

Moremoholo said the committee will only announce its decision after meeting the concerned parties.

“We will only take our stand after the meeting because we expect to hear more relating to the issue during our discussion,” he said.

Lefa said it did not enter Likuena, the national team’s moniker, for the next Nations Cup because of financial reasons.

The football mother body disbanded Likuena and said it would concentrate on youth teams to build a competitive national side for the future.

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