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LeFA prepares to revive women football

LeFA's Technical Director Leslie Notsi

Dec. 1, 2020 2 min read

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THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) plans to utilise a portion of the FIFA Relief Fund to help revive women football in the country through a three-year development programme.

According to the association’s Technical Director Leslie Notsi, a sum of M8 million from the relief fund has been allocated for the development of women football throughout Lesotho.  

The fund provided by the world mother body has been given to all member associations to help minimise the impact of COVID-19 in their respective countries.

Notsi told a press briefing that was held at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena last week that each of the 10 Super League clubs will receive M25 000 for the next three years.

The money, he said will be used towards mitigating the challenges of the pandemic during that period.

Notsi was flanked by LeFA’s deputy Secretary General Chris Bullock.

The association, he said has resolved to establish a second tier league that will feed the Super League and help turn it into a fully-fledged and competitive league.
''We will engage female coordinators in each of the 10 districts who will be involved in the development of women football across the country,'' he said.
The coordinators, he said will be responsible for organising competitions and will regularly report to the Technical Director on all football activities in their regions.

“We will also have national under 20, 17 and 15 women clubs which will serve as feeder teams to the senior side, Mehalalitoe.

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''We will also scout for women referees around the country and train them into professionals. They will be put in exchange programmes with the England Football Association (FA) and their German counterparts who we have engaged for assistance,” he also said.

Notsi who is a former Likuena head coach said the second tier teams will only be supplied with playing equipment and not given cash like the senior teams.

The clubs he said will be provided with transport to attend matches, adding that there is plenty of talent in Lesotho that needs to be unearthed and tapped.
As part of helping Mehalalitoe to up their game, plans he said are underway to organise several international competitions and friendly matches for the squad to gain adequate international exposure.

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