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COVID-19 surge forces suspension of football activities


Jan. 10, 2021 2 min read

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MASERU - The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) has temporarily suspended all football activities less than two months after the start of the Vodacom Premier League due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The football governing body announced in a statement that after consultations with its league bodies such as the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC), A Division Management Committee (ADMACO), the Women Super League Management as well as B and C Management, its executive committee resolved to suspend all league games and grouping training sessions with effect from Tuesday.

The move comes less than two months since the start of the Lesotho Premier League, which was expected to resume this week following a short Christmas break. The A Division, as well as Women Super League, was also expected to get underway this weekend.

Bantu was at the top of the Vodacom Premier League tied with Matlama on 14 points after four games when the league went to the Christmas break. Both clubs have enjoyed a great start to the new season winning all their four matches. Mobile giants Vodacom was recently announced as the new sponsors of the league with a deal worth M8.5 million.

This is the second time that LeFA has been forced to suspend football activities in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The association initially suspended all football activities in March 2020, following the outbreak of the Corona Virus, which lead to the end of the season and Bantu being declared league champions. A-Matšo-Matebele were at that stage 18 points ahead of second-placed Matlama, but still eight games to play.

 

 

 


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The LDF Ladies team were also crowned Champions of the Women Super League while Manonyane and CCX were promoted to the Premier League has been at the top of the A Division Southern and Northern streams when the games were halted.

“The NEC of LeFA in consultation with and on consultations of the PLMC, ADMACO, B and C Management and the Women Super League Management, has resolved to suspend all league games and group training sessions with effect from Tuesday, January 5, 2021, for an initial period of two weeks,” the statement from LeFA said.

“The duration of this suspension will be reviewed from time to time by the NEC in consultation with NACOSEC and all parties concerned. “This emergency decision has been necessitated by the sweeping resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Lesotho and the world over, which is claiming many lives daily.”

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