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Lefa to revamp soccer standards

Mikia Kalati MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) is embarking on an educational campaign to improve refereeing, administration and coaching standards across the country. Lefa technical director, Seephepe Matete, told the Sunday Express on Friday that there was need to educate all their members in Lesotho’s 10 districts.

The first of the three day courses started in Qacha’s Nek on Friday while Thaba Tseka will host next week’s courses starting on Thursday. Lefa secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi, and retired former international referee, Paul Phomane, are among the instructors of the courses. Matete said he is confident the referees’ course will help the association develop a bigger pool of match officials in the next two to three years.

“There is a serious need for the association to improve its structures especially in the refereeing and coaching departments while it is also important for our football administrators to know the laws of the game,” Matete said. “I strongly believe that educational programmes for administrators can help stop the infighting that has continued to rock our sub-committees and our district associations.” He said coaching remains the most important department of football and it is vital to teach and produce good coaches to help in the identifying of talented youngsters in the 10 districts of the country.

“Our delegation will also meet with schools in trying to put proper channels for young football hopefuls at primary school level,” said Matete. He told this paper that the first course in Qacha’ Nek was well attended and the association was impressed.
“I talked with the secretary general earlier on the day that the course started and he said the participants came in big numbers and showed a willingness to learn to improve football in their districts,” he said.

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