The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) held elections on Friday where Swallows President Mosa Seoli dethroned former Matlama president Ikarabelle Sello.
Speaking to this publication following his election onto the PLMC helm, Seoli said his objective is to improve the already established relationships with current and potential sponsors for the improvement of local football.
“My predecessor and his team were on course to attract more sponsors and that’s where I will pick up from. The challenge our league has faced is that for the longest time it was dependent on the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA, our number one plan is to become sovereign and be able to secure our own sponsors,” Seoli said.
He also mentioned that local football still lags in professionalism and that would be another challenge he works on.
“Another challenge faced by our local football has been lack of professionalism, our players need to start making a proper living out of this sport and the only way to do that is to professionalise the sport” he said.
He added that they are going to implement structures that will be focused on the running of the league.
“It is time that the PLMC runs the show and stop taking the back seat in their own party,” added Seoli.
He said they are aware that this might take long to materialise but they are going to work on implementation strategies together with the corporate world.
“The aim is to not only focus on securing sponsors for the league and cup competitions but also to have long term partners. The league must have proper development structures that will help feed the quality that is largely needed,” said Seoli.
Meanwhile, outgoing president Sello was elected into the presidency in 2018 taking over from Bantu president Leuta John Leuta.
The outgoing PLMC was met with a number of challenges that included loss of sponsors for the Independence Cup after Metropolitan Lesotho withdrew its support and recently the league being cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak that was followed by Matlama’s dissatisfaction. The number of challenges made this a tough ride for Sello and his committee. However, it was not all gloom and doom for Sello and his charges as they managed to secure other sponsorships such as MGC Soccer Spectacular and Econet Soccer Spectacular while the numbers of spectators around the country at different stadiums increased exponentially.