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Notši pleads for patience

Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) technical director, Leslie Notši, has called for the country’s patience with the women’s national soccer team, Mehalalitoe following their disappointing performance at the just ended COSAFA women’s cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Monaheng Montso coached side crashed out in the Group stages of the regional tourney that started on the 12th of September and ended yesterday.

Lesotho opened their campaign with a 2-0 loss to Zambia which was followed by a 2-1 loss to Mozambique before a 6-0 trouncing at the hands of Cameroon wrapped up Group C matches.

Notši, whose office among other things deals with the development of football in the country and oversees women’s football, said for now they will have to wait for the Mehalalitoe technical team report before they can map a way forward.

“They performed badly because they failed to advance to the next stage of the tournament,” Notši said.

“Judging by the little of the tournament that I watched, there are some positive signs that we can improve. For now, we have to wait for the technical team’s report and only then can we know how to help the side going forward.”

Notši, whose national under-20 side reached the Africa Youth Championship finals in 2011, said the country must understand that women’s football in the country is still at the early stages and pleaded for patience.

“They were in a tough group with countries such as Cameroon and Zambia who are powerhouses in women’s football while they are just minnows. We just introduced the Super League about three years ago so obviously it is going to take us time to be competitive and we need patience,” Notši said.

Notši said they have to also be aggressive with their development structures if they want to see consistent positive performances in the whole football fraternity.

“It is not only in women football where we need to have clear development structures. We have to be very aggressive because that is the only way we can see the way but at the moment we are still far. We need to be consistent also in women’s football development.

“They still played better in AFCON qualifiers earlier this year and beat the likes of eSwatini so there is still hope. We just need to give the team all the support they need,” Notši said.




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