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Top referee dies

The late international referee Rethusitsoe Lebaka

Jan. 11, 2021 1 min read

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ONE of Lesotho’s international referees Rethusitsoe Lebaka died on Sunday after a brief illness.

Lebaka also served the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) as a referee technical instructor and a match assessor.

“Mr Lebaka had a long history with football in Lesotho and internationally, having served our mother bodies COSAFA, CAF and FIFA from his time as a referee and in recent years as a match assessor as well as a referee instructor,” LeFA said in a statement on Monday.

The international referee’s last continental assignment as a match assessor was during the match between South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe, which was played at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on November 13, 2020.

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Lebaka who was a teacher by profession will be remembered for his passion for football and drive to develop young referees.

''Our prayers and thoughts are with his family as they deal with the painful loss. Rest in peace Mr Lebaka,'' the statement read, adding it is not clear when the top referee will be laid to rest.

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