MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) held a five-day coaching course for youth coaches.
The course started on Monday and ended on Friday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the course on Monday, Lefa General Secretary, Mokhosi Mohapi, said 30 youth teams coaches from the 10 districts were invited to undergo training on technical development, methodology and dealing with young players.
“The course will give these coaches a chance to learn about technical development, methodology and dealing with players on a day to day basis,” Mohapi said.
The Lefa general secretary said football governing body has a responsibility to regularly train coaches.
“We have reached a stage where we need to professionalise football in our country and lay good foundations to groom young talented player.
Mohapi said the national teams can only be successful when there are good youth structures.
“These gentlemen will be trained so that they help us groom young talent across the country from the players’ aged12-17,” said Mohapi.
He said starting from 2015 no premier league team will be registered if they do not have a developmental team.
“Every team that will be playing in premier league by 2015 should have development set up,” he said.
CAF and FIFA Technical Development Officer, Govinden Thondoo, said this course is very crucial because it focuses on the coaches that nurture young talent.
He said the course is meant to help sharpen the basic knowledge and understanding of youth teams’ coaches.
“Young football player across this country are the future stars of tomorrow and the future of the Lesotho national teams also depends on them,” Thondoo said.
One behalf of the local instructor, former Bantu coach, Caswell Moru, said the course will be very helpful in the growth of football in the country.