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Back to school for football officials

Moorosi Tsiane

The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) last week sent five officials to South Africa and Egypt for training as the organisation moves to ensure the further development of the game in the country.

The association’s secretary-general, Mokhosi Mohapi, first vice-president Khiba Mohoanyane and technical director Seephephe Matete left on Monday for a week-long course in Gauteng, South Africa.

selemane phafaneAccording to Lefa president Salemane Phafane, the workshop was under the auspices of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa), and sought to empower the game’s leadership in respective member-states.
“The workshop was meant for presidents, technical directors and secretary-generals of member-associations and we are expecting the three officials to pass on what they would have learnt, when they return back home,” Phafane told a press conference held at the Lefa headquarters in Maseru on Tuesday.
“The idea is to ensure whatever they learn is going to help in further developing our football.”
Phafane further said Thabo Pule and Paul Phomane, who are Lefa executive member and referees association coordinator respectively, left the country on Wednesday for a referees workshop scheduled for the Egyptian city of Cairo.
“We are hoping by sending the two officials for this course, it would go a long way to improve the standard of refereeing in our football,” he added.
Phafane further said the association was aware of the growing outcry by the football fraternity regarding the standard of refereeing in the country’s various leagues.
“We are aware of this concern, and are trying to find out where the problem is.
“We need to establish whether the problem lies with the match officials or the teams because our referees always do well when they are on international duty and rank second in the region (after South Africa).”

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