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Notsi to attend Fifa conference

Pascalinah Kabi

 MASERU — Lesotho’s Under-20 national coach Leslie Notši will attend a three-day Fifa conference in Egypt which is expected to tackle strategies to build competitive national teams.

Notši will be joined by the Lesotho Football Association’s technical director, Seephephe Matete, at this conference.

The conference is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and ends on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.

The purpose of the workshop is review the Fifa 2010 World Cup which was held in South Africa as well as mapping a way forward on developing more competitive and sustainable national teams in Africa.

Matete told Sunday Express their attending this workshop was going to help Lesotho on the best strategy it could use in developing football.

“Going there will help Lesotho in a way because there is a specific topic that will discuss development in football,” Matete said.

“We all know that most African countries are performing well with their development teams but they fail to conceptualise at the senior national team level.”

He said the workshop will help Lesotho develop a more competitive senior national team especially after Lefa’s decision to dissolve Likuena.

“We are not just going there to listen but to actively participate in the discussions and learn how successful African countries are dealing with the challenges of developing a competitive team,” Matete said.

He said Lesotho had several times had competitive development teams that failed to turn into excellent senior national sides.

“We’ve had excellent Under-20 teams but have failed to develop them into a competitive Likuena,” he said.

Matete said the conference was also going to discuss the issue of hiring foreign coaches by African countries in an effort to build competitive national teams.

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