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LeFA trains match assessors

Aug. 27, 2020 3 min read

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) in collaboration with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) will hold a three-day virtual course for match assessors scheduled for 26 to 28 August.

LeFA referees’ coordinator Mohau Sentšo told Metro News that the course will now be held for three days, not four days as was the initial plan. He said the course will cover several components such as how to assess referees and talk to them during and after the match.

He said the course will be attended by 25 match assessors, who include two female participants. Sentšo said the female assessors are Selloane Mphuthing and Puseletso Mokhosi who are also in the CAF match assessors’ panel. Lesotho currently has five internationally recognized match assessors who are in the CAF panel.

“We have Rethusitsoe Lebaka, Moeti Mpopo, Mohau Sentšo, Puseletso Mokhosi, and Selloane Mphuthing as CAF match assessors,” Sentšo added. year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. physical lessons, Sentšo also said. assessors.

FIFA instructor Ali Arkhmart from Somalia will facilitate at the training and is expected to cover only the technical lessons as match assessors, unlike referees, do not do

Last year at a similar course which was held at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, South African instructor Jerome Dehon facilitated and in attendance were 25 match

“The number of match assessors cannot easily increase due to the fact that we consider retired referees for match assessors’ duty, so if there are no retired referees, the number stays This course was held physically last year but it is held virtually this the same or declines as some match assessors retire,” Sentšo said.

He further mentioned that after one of the assessors Naleli Sello retired last year, they welcomed Moabi Makara who retired from refereeing the same year hence, the number of match assessors is still 25. For her part, Mokhosi said this will be the second time that she participates in the course.


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She further mentioned that this course is important as it equips assessors with knowledge on how to understand the laws of the game better and treat referees accordingly. “The last edition of the course helped me to fully understand the new laws for 2020/2021 and adapt to the new technology VAR used in football. It also taught me how to learn to encourage referees,” Mokhosi added.

Sentšo said one of Lesotho’s top referees, Retšelisitsoe Molise who is also in the FIFA panel, participated in the CAF Young Talent Referees Video Assistant Referee (VAR) course, which ended on 26 August.

He said the course was held virtually and Molise is the second Mosotho to undergo this course after Souru Phatšoane attended a similar one last year in South Africa. “CAF trains referees to have knowledge of VAR so that they will either officiate in their home countries where this technology is used or at CAF competitions,” Sentšo said.

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