By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — Premier league giants, Matlama, will not play their opening second round match against Qoaling Highlanders on Sunday after the team was hauled before a disciplinary hearing for bringing the game into disrepute.
The Sea Point-based team was involved in a bitter row with league sponsors, Vodacom Lesotho, prior to their last month’s league game against LCS at Pitso Ground.
Vodacom Lesotho, who has been given the exclusive rights for the premier league, had threatened to cancel the league sponsorship after Matlama were involved in promotional activity with their telecommunications rivals, Econet Lesotho, at Pitso Ground last month.
Premier league public relations officer, Lekholoa Mosito, told the Lesotho Times yesterday that it is highly unlikely that Matlama will play their opening second round match against Qoaling Highlanders on Sunday.
“Matlama is still suspended by the football authorities and I do not think they will play their Sunday game,” Mosito said.
He said Tse Putsoa will be handed a charge and will afterwards appear before a disciplinary hearing.
Premier league chairman, Lebohang Thotanyana, told a media briefing last month that they will not tolerate the behaviour that was shown towards Vodacom who have been given the exclusive rights for the premier league.
Matlama also apologised to both the sponsors and football authorities during the same press conference through their president, Boloetsi Senti.
Tse Putsoa have on several occasions been on the wrong side of the law with the football authorities and late last year the country’s most successful team were docked three points after failing to produce players’ playing licenses ahead of a league tie with Bantu in Mafeteng.