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LeFA allocates the Covid-19 Relief Fund

Chris Theko

Vodacom Premier League teams will each take home M68 591 from the second batch of monies apportioned to teams by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) under the Covid-19 Relief Fund

Speaking at a media briefing in Maseru this week, LeFA Secretary-General Mokhosi Mohapi, pointed out that allocation was to be done in respect of the M7millon received from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).

The LeFA SG was not hesitant to reveal that only the teams which had accounted for the funds from the first tranche would be eligible to get more.

“We received $500 000 (about M7 425 000) as the second tranche of Covid-19 relief funds from FIFA last month and the NEC has resolved that the money be shared amongst the different LeFA arms,” Mohapi said. 

“The 14 teams in the premier league will each receive M68 591.61.  A-Division teams will get M34 295.61 each with the B-Division teams getting M8573.90 and C-Division teams to get M5 144.34 each. 

“It should be clear that only the teams that have fully accounted for the first batch of funds will qualify for the second batch. We will also be bringing-in independent auditors who will help audit the reports. 

“This is a serious matter and teams that will fail to report are faced possible suspension from LeFA.”

All the divisions team were given until this past Sunday to submit their reports, although Mohapi said that an extension of up to yesterday (Thursday) was made to help those lagging behind with their reports.

“Some clubs have done exceptionally well in reporting but there are some teams that have failed to satisfy the reporting requirements and we have sent them back to redo their accounts” he said.

Because the funds were meant to relief teams in the 2019/20 season only the 14 teams qualified for the funds despite the league now being made up of 16 teams. 

Mohapi said they have also put aside M600 750.68 to help LeFA prepare for the return of football activities once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted and the LeFA structures will share M338 669. 

District Football Associations (DiFA) will get M25 721.71, the Lesotho Primary Schools Sports Association (LEPSA) will receive M12 860 while the Lesotho Institution Sports Association (LISA) will get M12 860.85. 

The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) will pocket M17 147.81. 

The referees committee was allocated M20 000. 

Mohapi said they are already drafting a document to present to the government requesting the resumption of football training.  “We are already drafting a proposal on the resumption of football training while we intend to do another one later requesting to resume competitions. But at this point we cannot talk about dates because we are yet to meet with the league managements to discuss possible dates,” Mohapi said.

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