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Plans underway to resume football matches

LeFA communications officer Mikia Kalati

Sept. 4, 2020 2 min read

MASERU - Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) and the Ministry of Sports held a meeting on Wednesday to pave way for the return of football activities that were suspended due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

LeFA Commutations Officer Mikia Kalati said the association presented a document to the ministry outlining how the soccer controlling body intends to observe the World Health Organisation's (WHO) protocols to ensure the safety of players and match officials.
Kalati officials from the ministry were impressed with the presentation made, adding that the sports minister Likeleli Tampane is in turn expected to brief the cabinet before a final decision could be taken.
“The reason for approaching the ministry is that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the revised African Cup of Nations (AFCON) fixtures in which Likuena will face Benin in November,” he said.

He noted that besides three local players plying their soccer trade in South Africa where Sera Motebang is with Bloemfontein Celtic, Tumelo Khutlang as well as Tšoarelo Bereng both with Black Leopards, the rest of the players are not active due to the COVID 19 pandemic which led to local sporting activities being suspended since March.
He said Bantu FC as the newly crowned league champions will also be representing the country at the CAF Champions league also in November and need to start training as soon as possible.


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When quizzed if LeFA has enough funds to observe the WHO Protocol in all the premier league matches, Kalati said a portion estimated to be around M600 000 from the FIFA Relief fund has been put aside for this specific requirement.
He said that another consultative stakeholders meeting will be held soon as part of preparing for the return to action of the premier league and lower division teams.



 

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