Le­sotho wel­comes Cosafa re­turn

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Le­sotho Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion (Lefa) gen­eral sec­re­tary, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, has wel­comed the re­turn of the Coun­cil of south­ern african Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa) se­nior Chal­lenge next year.

the re­gional tour­na­ment, which is nor­mally held to­wards the end of the year, would not take place this time around due to lack of spon­sor­ship.

the com­pe­ti­tion was last held in 2013 and won by hosts Zam­bia who beat Zim­babwe 2-0 in the fi­nal. Le­sotho lost 4-3 to south africa on penal­ties in the third-place play­off.

How­ever, the re­gional body an­nounced last week­end that south africa would host the tour­na­ment in May 2015.

“the an­nounce­ment was good news to the re­gion be­cause its ab­sence this year—as well as that of the un­der-20s—has not gone down well with just us but the rest of the Cosafa mem­bers. Even the re­gional body was also not happy with the ab­sence of the tour­na­ment, which is why the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mar­ket­ing team was work­ing so hard to make sure it re­turns.

Mo­hapi fur­ther said Cosafa was cur­rently work­ing on host­ing nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions to im­prove the stan­dard of the game in south­ern africa, in­clud­ing women’s foot­ball.

“this time, the Cosafa lead­ers are plan­ning big­ger things, in­clud­ing a cham­pi­onship for clubs from this re­gion,” said Mo­hapi.

“Mem­ber-coun­tries were given the chance to bid to host the com­pe­ti­tion, which showed that they want to host it an­nu­ally the way it used to hap­pen in the past,” said Mo­hapi.

“the re­turn of the com­pe­ti­tion is a big boost for foot­ball in mem­ber­coun­tries as far as de­vel­op­ment is con­cerned as it also helps play­ers ac­quire in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure.

“We wel­come it with both hands and are look­ing for­ward to both com­pe­ti­tions next year, since the un­der-20 tour­na­ment would also be tak­ing place in Zam­bia to­wards the end of the year.”

Mo­hapi fur­ther said Lefa was work­ing on en­sur­ing the coun­try reg­is­ters for all avail­able com­pe­ti­tions from now on.

“Look, things did not go well for us in the 2015 africa Cup of Na­tions tour­na­ment, but we have to be hon­est about it that lack of re­sources played a part in our team not do­ing well,” Mo­hapi added.

“We are map­ping the way for­ward to rec­tify the mis­takes we might have made in this cam­paign and we will not blame the play­ers for what­ever hap­pened re­gard­ing their per­for­mance.”

Mokhosi Mo­hapi

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