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‘All coaches must be licensed’

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Pascalinah Kabi

 

MASERU — In an attempt to achieve the goals set in the Mohale Declaration, the Lesotho Football Coaches Association (LFCA) has embarked on a mission to ensure all practicing coaches have minimum coaching qualifications.

The association wants all coaches to have at least the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s C Coaching Licence.

This, as recommended in the Mohale Declaration, would improve the standard of domestic football.

The roadmap recommends the “employment of qualified staff . . . that will include administration and technical staff, general manager or equivalent and a head coach, the latter in conformity with set minimum standards in accordance with an established Lefa coaching licence system”.

The coaches’ body, together with the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa)’s technical director Seephephe Matete have since last week been going around the districts to encourage coaches to get qualifications.

Matete is a CAF coaching instructor.

So far they have been to Quthing, Mohole’s Hoek and Mafeteng.

They were expected to visit Berea, Leribe and Butha-Buthe yesterday before winding up their tour in Maseru today.

“Our main purpose is to complement CAF’s efforts in trying to reform and improve coaching systems in Africa,” LFCA vice-secretary Moorosi Makhofola told Sunday Express.

“CAF is working hard to make sure that Africa is moving from the certificates system to proper a C Coaching Licence.

“They want every African coach to be recognised in any African country as a coach because the C Coaching Licence will now be uniform.

“We are doing this with the help of Lefa’s technical director, Ntate Matete.”

Makhofola said the licensing system will help Lesotho reach professional standards in football.

He said the response they got from coaches in the districts they had visited was encouraging.

“The response is good and I think we are going to achieve several things through their commitment to new coaching licences,” he said.

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