LESOTHO Football Association (LeFA) has expressed its discontent at the manner in which Vodacom League champions, Matlama exited the continental Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League by losing 4-0 on aggregate score against Coton Sport of Cameroon over the weekend.
Sept. 23, 2022
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LeFA unhappy with Matlama poor showing
Vodacom League champions, Matlama FC
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After being hammered 3-0 at home in the first leg match played in Bloemfontein, South Africa two weeks ago, Matlama suffered another setback on Sunday evening when they went down 1-0 in the return leg in Cameroon.
LeFA media officer, Mikia Kalati cited reasons of ill-preparedness on the part of the Lesotho champions for a competition of that magnitude.
He said the team management held several meetings with LeFA’s Secretary General, Mokhosi Mohapi who outlined everything that was required for the club to get ready for the CAF Champions league.
However, Kalati lamented that Matlama failed to comply hence, the heavy first leg defeat, adding that had the Sea-point-based outfit adhered to the requirements, the results would have been different.
He said for starters, the team was supposed to have secured the services of a CAF C licensed-coach, which did not happen as it used under qualified coaches as per the CAF requirements.
He said after LeFA had a long discussion with Matlama management, things improved a bit in terms of performance, hence, they lost by an odd goal away.
Had they not squandered their goal scoring chances at home, Matlama could have done much better.
Kalati urged local teams to take a lesson from Matlama's disappointing loss and consider it as a learning curve going forward to avoid any early exits in big competitions.
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Attempts to get Matlama's comment on this particular issue drew a blank as their management was not available at the time of going to press.
However, Matlama's deputy communications and marketing manager, Tankiso Moletsane said the loss was mainly due to the fact that their opponents were more experienced and had better exposure to international football.
Matlama were expected back home on Tuesday.
The team’s coaches with the relevant CAF coaching qualifications including former Likuena mentors Moses Maliehe and Seephephe ''Mochine'' Matete could not be part of the squad on both legs due to ill-health. – LeNA