MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association’s (Lefa) public relations officer, Baba Malephane, says there is promise in Lesotho’s Under-20 side.
“We are still at the start of the process but we do see some light,” Malephane told the Sunday Express.
“After we put the team together and started the development programme there has been progress,” he said.
His remarks came after the Under-20 side which is part of Lefa’s two-year development plan came third in the Metropolitan Human Rights Four Nations Tournament held in South Africa.
Lesotho beat Botswana 4-3 in the third-place playoff last Saturday.
Before that they had fallen 2-1 to Swaziland in last Friday’s semi-finals.
“For now we are happy because we can say at least at the end of the two years (2012) of the development programme we will have players that we can promote to a higher level,” Malephane said.
Matlama’s Litšepe Marabe shone for the Lesotho side after he scored twice against Botswana to become the tournament’s top scorer.
The tournament, won by South Africa after they beat Swaziland 2-0 in the final, was part of Lesotho’s preparations for the Confederation of African Football Under-20 Championships qualifiers against Mozambique to be played later this month.
Lesotho’s national under-17 side will also clash with Mozambique in their age group’s qualifiers and have been hosting their South African counterparts in two practice matches, on Thursday and yesterday, at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
Bahlabani, as the under-17 side is known, will host Mozambique in the first leg of their Caf Under-17 Championships qualifier next Saturday with the second leg scheduled for the weekend of April 23 to 25.