13 shortlisted for Likuena coach job
THIRTEEN coaches, among them five locals and eight expatriates have been shortlisted for the senior national soccer team coaching job.
Currently, Likuena, is under the tutelage of Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) technical director, Leslie Notši, who was charged with the interim job after the resignation of former coach, Thabo Senong last June.
With barely six weeks to go for Lesotho take its trip to Seychelles for the first leg of the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preliminaries, LeFA is looking forward to signing a new coach before the beginning of the campaign.
LeFA started interviewing the shortlisted candidates on Friday.
The shortlist consists of current Congo national team assistant coach, Frederick de Meyer, from Belgium and former Botswana coach Peter Butler from England.
Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh, and Brazilian Marcio Maximo who is a former member of the Brazil under-17 and under-20 coaching staff are also shortlisted.
Other shortlisted foreign coaches are South African, Owen Da Gama, French national, Sebastien Migne, Veselin Jelusic of Serbia, and Jonathan McKinstry who is former Sierra Leon and Rwanda head coach.
Initially, there were nine foreign coaches shortlisted, however Wedson Nyirenda of Zambia withdrew citing personal reasons, LeFA has said.
The shortlisted local coaches are former Likuena head coaches, Seepheephe Matete and Motheo Mohapi. Former Likuena midfielder, Shalane Lehohla, former under-17 national team head coach, Halemakale Mahlaha are also on the list.
Katiso Mojakhomo is also on the list while another Likuena former coach, Moses Maliehe, withdrew for personal reasons.
Interviews for local coaches were held face-to-face on Friday while the foreign coaches’ interviews were virtual starting yesterday.
“The interviews in respect of LeFA’s search for the senior men’s national team coach continue today (yesterday) and end tomorrow (today),” LeFA said in statement.
“The interviews for expatriate candidates are being held virtually. All nine foreign candidates have national team coaching experience across the continent and some have even taken part in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).”
The interviewing panel consists of LeFA technical director, Leslie Notši; LeFA coaches’ educator, Lehlohonolo Thatanyana; coaches association chairperson, Letlatsa Mampe, former Likuena captain, Tšepo Hlojeng, and FIFA consultant overseer, Serame Letsoaka, from South Africa.
LeFA is expected to announce the new coach on or before 15 February 2022.