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LeFA to substitute local coaching qualifications

LeFA Referees Coordinator Mohau Sentšo

Oct. 27, 2020 2 min read

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THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) is contemplating to substitute the local coaches’ Level One Certificate with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) D License, starting from next year.

According to LeFA’s Development Officer Matamane Matamane, the modification is intended to ensure that local coaches do not struggle when they enroll for CAF C, B and A Licenses.

He made the announcement a few weeks ago during a consultative meeting between the DIFA Maseru District Coordinator and zonal coaches.

Matamane said LeFA through the youth development office under the auspices of the technical department office plans to make a huge contribution towards the development of grassroots football in the 2020/21 season.

“We plan to develop grassroots football through targeting children aged between six and 12 and improve football at development level through targeting those aged 13 to 20 in order to prepare them for future careers as footballers,” he said.

Matamane further showed that LeFA will hold inter-district competitions in south, north and central regions as a part of development of grassroots football.

“I therefore urge you to form youth clubs so that children could learn football basics while also making it easy for LeFA to select regional squads from such teams. Our plan is to also strengthen the LeFA School of Excellence by mixing children from various regions of the country,” he added.

LeFA plans to have a clear development structure that would ensure that the national Under-17 and U20 teams avoid age cheating going forward, an exercise that will assist the association to have a clear valid youth players’ profiles.

As part of the initiative, Matamane said LeFA in collaboration with DIFA will visit schools to hold grassroots sessions.

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LeFA Women Football Officer Joalane Tongoane said the association is working hard to encourage women inclusion in football.

“I encourage you to use women as assistant coaches for your men’s teams and show women who do not play football that they can still become coaches. I also urge you to form women clubs and consider women head coaches for such teams. Also use women referees for women football matches to encourage women,” Tongoane said.

For his part, Lesotho Football Association Referees Coordinator Mohau Sentšo said the association plans to recruit youth referees. “We urge you to give us your children so that we train them into referees. A youth football match should in fact be officiated by young referees aged below 17,” he said.

Sentšo said during the LeFA pilot project in 2019 where the association launched its school of excellence, only children aged below 17 were allowed to officiate at the competition.

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