Premier League forces clubs to pay up

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MASERU — All Vodacom Premier League teams will not receive their prize monies for last season in full, the Lesotho Times can reveal.

The teams owe the Premier League different amounts which will be deducted from their prize monies.

Premier League chairman Thlolo Letete said all the 16 teams in the top-flight division last season had not settled their “outstanding balances” with the league.

He could, however, not say how the debts were accrued or how much was owed.

“The teams will get their prize monies but those with outstanding balances will only get their money after the deduction of the debts they owe,” Letete said on Tuesday.

“The last time I checked, which is last week, all the teams had not cleared their debts unless they paid between last week and now.”

“But I can’t tell you how much the teams owe us because they did not give me the permission to disclose their debts,” he added.

Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana said they were not aware of the league’s decision to deduct debts from their prize monies.

Last season Lioli finished second in the Vodacom Premier League and their prize money is M60 000.

“We are not aware of this decision but we were given statements as teams showing our latest accounts with the Premier League,” Thotanyana said.

Thotanyana, however, refused to disclose how much Lioli owed the league.

“I can’t disclose how much we owe,” he said.

“But we have paid all our fines and the only problem now is the gate-takings that we did not declare with the Premier League.

“What happens is that each team must declare gate-takings immediately after a match but did not do so.

“Most teams have this problem, so we owe the Premier League.”

LDF communications manager Donny Nthakha revealed the army side owed the Premier League M400.

“We have received a statement showing us the amount we owe and it’s M400,” Nthakha told the Lesotho Times.

LDF finished fourth and their prize is M42 500, but it will be M400 less when they finally receive their booty.

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