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Lefa to hold club licensing workshop for local teams

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) will today hold a club licensing workshop for premier league and A Division teams as the football governing aims to improve the administration of the game at club level.

Lefa secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi, told the Sunday Express on Friday that the workshop will equip clubs with the skills to improve the administration of the game. Mohapi said Lefa is not happy with the progress since the club licensing system was introduced at the start of the 2010-11 season.

“We have been very slow with the implementation of some of the changes that come with the package of the club licensing system mainly because our teams have been very poor at participating,” Mohapi said. The club licensing system comes two weeks after the association held an administration course for those within the structures of the association including the premier league and district associations from the 10 districts.

“Yes, there are positive signs that things will improve in a few years’ time and I’m hoping that all the clubs will attend the workshop,” he said.Two members from each club, a secretary and general manager, are expected to attend the workshop. He said teams like Bantu, Lioli and LCS have shown a lot of maturity in the last two years in the way they run things.

Administrators of the three clubs were also part of the Fifa course held a fortnight ago. He said the course is also important for clubs to familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations that govern the game.
Mohapi said they are trying to come up with solutions that will help avoid the controversies that befell both the premier league and A Division last season in which some matters had to be decided in boardrooms.
Mohapi also praised Likuena following their impressive performance at the regional Cosafa tournament in Zambia that saw the Lesotho team reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 2000 edition.

Likuena, who went to the tournament as one of the underdogs, beat Botswana and Kenya for the top spot in Group B and knocked out Angola in the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe, who have been a hoodoo team for the Lesotho side, ended their hopes of reaching the final when they clinched a narrow 2-1 victory in the semi-finals
Mohapi said their mandate was for the team to at least reach the quarter-finals.

“I think this is a chance for us to maintain the standards achieved at the Zambia tournament,” said Mohapi.
“Our clubs should take advantage of the current spirit with the country to try and improve the way we have been doing things,” he said. He said they will also be working on maintaining the standards by putting down a plan that will benefit and improve the league and the national teams.

“I think we should roll out a plan and involve all the stakeholders including the government as we search for more answers to improve the game in the country,” said Mohapi.

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