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Local referee in top CAF course

Aug. 8, 2020 2 min read

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA)’s referees instructor, responsible for technical affairs, Rethusitsoe Lebaka, will be among 36 continental instructors who will undergo a two-day CAF Futuro III online course scheduled for August 8 - 10.

LeFA referees’ coordinator Mohau Sentšo told Metro that Lebaka was nominated for the course after he performed well in another CAF referee’s workshop, which was held in Rwanda last year.

“CAF’s selection criteria was based on the technical instructors’ performance in that course and Lebaka was among top performers, this is why he was selected for this one,” he said.  He further showed that the course will be held virtually due to the fact that air transport and cross border travels have been currently halted because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

He also said that another referees’ instructor Mohlauli Pita attended the CAF referees’ instructors Futuro III course at the beginners’ level alongside Lebaka who attended CAF referees’ instructors Futuro III course at an advanced level in Rwanda in 2019. Sentšo said the course will be virtual as part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

CAF normally sends instructors to different countries for the courses but that cannot happen this year due to the pandemic. Sentšo said CAF will conduct this course via an online classroom tool where instructors  will learn from the comfort of their respective homes.

He said CAF decided to hold the course only for technical instructors as they cannot include physical instructors due to the COVID-19 restrictions regarding meetings and physical gatherings and airplane transport shutdown.


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Lesotho’s referees’ instructors include Lebaka, Pita, Khotso Makhetha, and Moepi Moepi. FIFA in collaboration with LeFA held a fourday online referees course for 38 elite referees last month. Physical instructor Mark Mzengo of Malawi and technical instructor Ali Ahmed of Somalia facilitated at the training. Participants at the workshop included six women referees, four FIFA referees and 20 other referees.

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