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LDF Ladies eyes Champions’ League

Leemisa Thuseho

LDF Ladies’ coach Lehloenya Nkhasi is excited about the prospects of his team being the first Lesotho female side to play in the inaugural Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women Champions League next year.

The idea of introducing the CAF Women’s Champions League was announced during CAF’s virtual meeting on 30 June 2020.

LDF stands the chance after they were announced the champions on Thursday as the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) resolved to end the league in its current status.

LeFA ended the league after its suspension in mid-March due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

This is LDF’s fourth league title under Nkhasi’s guidance of and he is elated about the huge opportunity.

Nkhasi said he was happy to have won the league but said he would have preferred winning it after playing all games.

“I am excited about this, being champions is always fantastic…I am happy for the players, Nkhasi said.

“I understand LeFA’s decision of ending the league in its current status because of the Covid-19 pandemic. They had no option. As much as we wanted to play the remaining games, we must live with the decision.”

He said he was looking forward to successfully representing Lesotho in the Champions’ League.

“I am also excited about playing in the Champions’ League since we will be the first Lesotho team to play at that level.”

Before the suspension of sporting activities, LDF were leading the log with 36 points followed by Kick4Life who were three points adrift with four games to go.

Nkhasi said the 2019/20 season was challenging after his side lost 15 players to an army recruitment exercise.

“It was challenging having to rebuild the team in so short a space3 of time. However, we managed after holding trials and formed the youngest WSL team. We worked really hard and I am happy they are champions.”

Nkhasi is hopeful that by the time they embark onto the Champions League journey, the army recruitment exercise would have ended and the senior players would be available for selection.

Although her team still had a chance of toppling LDF from the summit of the league in the four matches that remained, Kick4Life coach Elizabeth Yelimala welcomed the decision to end the league and congratulated the champions.

“In football everything is possible, we could have gone on to win the remaining games and eventually win the league title or we could still have gone on to lose all of them.

“Congratulations to LDF, it is fair to declare them the champions because they were leading and with the current situation, l think this is the best decision,” Yelimala said.


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