MASERU — Majantja FC president Sello Matete has parted ways with the relegated side after falling out with the club’s management.
The veteran football administrator, 75, said he was leaving the Mohale’s Hoek side because of “lack of respect from the team management”.
He had served as the club’s president for 10 years.
Matete said he could not risk tarnishing his reputation by continuing to be associated with Majantja.
“They disrespected me and they never abided by the decisions I took as president in developing the team,” Matete told the Lesotho Times this week.
“They wanted to run Majantja the way they wanted simply because they were born and bred in Mohale’s Hoek forgetting that I am Lejantja as well.”
He said he had also clashed with some senior club officials when he warned them against drinking beer during matches.
“On several times I asked them to stop drinking beer during games but they refused and that cost the team because we were on several times fined,” Matete said.
“My last-born is 33 years old and that should tell you that my own children were not happy to see me being insulted.”
Matete was earlier this year awarded a certificate for being the longest-serving football administrator in the country by Vodacom Lesotho, which bankrolls the domestic game.
However, Majantja’s marketing and public relations officer Khauta Monare — who this paper erroneously referred to as team coach — a fortnight ago accused Matete of playing a big part in the relegation of the team.
Monare accused Matete of “favouring” players from Maseru when it came to team selection.
Majantja players based in Maseru were transported by a vehicle hired by Matete who also provided food for the players.
“His main problem was the influence he had over players based in Maseru which resulted in the incompetence shown by the team last season,” Monare alleged.
“It is of no use for us to accuse certain individuals for our failures but at the end of the day he is the one who contributed to the team’s incompetence.”
Majantja were relegated from the Vodacom Premier League after finishing 13th.
Matete said Monare was talking “rubbish” and “does not know anything about football”.
“I can’t allow these children to defame and insult me like this in the name of football,” Matete said.
The veteran administrator said he had business interests to protect.
He owns a security company, MM Security, based in the capital Maseru.
“I am not going to work with them at all because I run a big company and can never risk my reputation because of football,” Matete said.
Matete in the past was the owner and president of Chelsea, a team he later sold to Majantja after it was promoted to the first division.
He also worked with LMPS.
Matete would not say whether he would join another team or quit the game.
Meanwhile, Matete this week met with Majantja’s interim committee for handover-takeover session ahead of the new season.