• 11 January, 2019

Lioli FC supporters special conference has resolved to reinstate three frustrated leaders after abrupt resignations that almost paralysed the team’s administration. They also resolved to fire three others for absenteeism.

At a post conference press briefing in Maseru on January 9,  Malefetsane Mahlaha on the club's supporters, explained that president Lebohang Thotanyana, vice president Hopolang Nathane and secretary general Sello Monamoli were reinstated after their internal problems-influenced resignations.
He added: “The special conference also resolved fire three other members; Tseliso Lerata, Tlotliso Mpholo and Raseleso Rapuoa due to insubordination and not attending the Lioli's National Executive Committee meetings for a while without notices.”
He said the supporters also resolved to give the committee a mandate to co-opt three other members for the smooth running of the club's affairs and to avoid going for early elections to fill up the vacant positions, which would have cost the club unnecessary and limited resources.
Speaking at the same media briefing, the substantive president, Thotanyana said their reasons for resignations were lack of unity and confidence of supporters to the club's committee, “but that after being assured that unity and confidence would be restored to them we did not hesitate to withdraw our resignations.”
He added: “As the old English adage says 'the taste of the pudding is in its eating', only time will tell but we promise that we are back with full force.”

Thotanyana warned Lioli rivals in the premier league thatt the 'Mamathe based outfit will come out of the quagmire stronger than before and determined to bring glory to the supporters.
“Despite all the internal challenges we encountered Lioli FC was still a force to be reckoned with in the domestic league as we are the only team already boasting two trophies after winning the Winter Soccer Challenge and the Independence Top 4 Cup to date while others have nothing to show,” he boasted.
He said Lioli surprised many by finishing as league runners up in the last season and promised that the Maroon, Yellow and Black outfit is still a hot contender for this season’s LNIG Top 8 Cup.
Speaking about the challenges that the club encountered, Thotanyana said there were two camps within the executive committee which he believed filtered through to the players hence the below par performance of the players.
Thotanyana promised that the committee would explore the market during the summer transfer window period to reinforce the team, saying while they encountered some financial challenges typical in the domestic league, they still managed to pay their players regularly except delaying to pay their bonuses.
Lioli FC’s monthly payroll is about M105,000. The team is said to be currently awaiting new soccer kit that cost the close to half a million.
The club was this week holding the seventh position in the Econet Premier League log of 14 teams. Last weekend Lioli lost the league match against Matlama 3-1.

TmgLive/Lena

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger