Lesotho’s international referee passes on

Lesotho’s international referee passes on

MASERU – The late international referee Mr. Paul Phomane who was gunned down by robbers at his business at Ha Thetsane on Monday night has been showered with praises by his former colleagues.
Speaking in an interview, Mr. Mohau Sentso described Mr. Phomane as was naturally gifted and passionate about refereeing who mentored many up-coming local match officials in the country.
Mr. Sents’o who in now the Referees Coordinator said Mr. Phomane’s death was sad which he said left the refereeing with a huge gap that will not be easily filled up.
He said Mr. Phomane was the first Mosotho referee to officiate at the continental under 17 finals in Guinea after being spotted for his sterling performances by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Mr. Sents’o said Mr. Phomane was an international referees instructor and was now a match assessor.
“I remember when we went to officiate in Malawi at the world cup qualifier against Kenya in which he was the central referee while a was the fourth official in my first international debut,” he opined.
The Lesotho Referees Association Public Relations Officer Mr. Ts’epo Mokhemisa also could not mince his words as he remembered the late Mr. Phomane both internationally and locally.
He also talked about an incident in which he had to rescue Phomane in a league game between Lioli and Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) where he was forced to drive his car amongst irate Lioli supporters who had surrounded him for some of the decisions made.
Mr. Mokhemisa also shared the jokes and the good side of Mr. Phomane for his leadership skills as an administrator and a person who knew the spirit of the game and the laws of the game well.
He described him as was a disciplinarian and demanded nothing but referees to always own their decisions and abide by the rules of the game.
Mr. Phomane was gunned down by robbers who stormed at his business demanded cash but shot him before fleeing.
The suspects have not yet been arrested and police investigations are continuing.
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