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Lebaka for online referees’ course

Leemisa Thuseho

LESOTHO Football Association (LeFA) referees’ technical instructor Rethusitsoe Lebaka is among 36 continental technical instructors who have enrolled for the upcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) Futuro III online course.

The course will run from 8 to 10 August 2020.

The course will be held online this year because of the Civid-19 pandemic.

Lebaka said he was happy to be considered for the course although this would not be his first time.

“I have been taken the course multiple times and the last time was in Rwanda in 2019,” Lebaka said.

“Participants are invited for the course based on their performance in the previous course and at national level. This proves that I am on the right track.”

He said the courses enhance participants’ skills in developing top class referees.

“These are critical courses because to progress in life, one must continue upgrading their knowledge.

“My job is to ensure the development of local referees and that local referees developed to maintain a high-performance level. Therefore, to perfect my work, I must keep upgrading my standards,”

The former international referee has been instructing officials since 2011 and he says his wish is to share his lessons with other local instructors.

“I have been in the refereeing circles for a long time and the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) has invested in me… therefore, it is time for me to pay back by contributing to the growth of local football.

“I always strive to share with other instructors what I learn. I do not only focus on technical instructors’ but even on physical instructors and referees’ assessors because they must also understand the technical side of refereeing.”

While sporting activities have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Lebaka said local referees have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the eventual resumption of sporting activities.

“Refereeing is practical work which needs regular practice. So, since the suspension of football in March, we have kept our referees active analysing video clips from past matches on social media.

“I have also been organising online referees’ trainings to bring them up to speed on the amended laws,” Lebaka said.

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