Thotanyana lands top Lefa post

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LE­SOTHO Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Lefa) sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, this week con­firmed the ap­point­ment of Lehlo­honolo thotanyana as tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor (td).

Mo­hapi told the Le­sotho Times that thotanyana would take over from Seep­hephe Matete and as­sume the post next month.

“the deal has been signed and Ntate thotanyana is now our new tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor. He is ex­pected to start in his new role in Jan­uary 2015,” Mo­hapi said.

“He was the best can­di­date for the po­si­tion and we are happy to have him and the ap­point­ment has since been en­dorsed by Fifa (Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions).”

thotanyana, who has coached Premier­ship gi­ants Li­oli and Bantu, holds Union of euro­pean Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions (Uefa) B and Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (Caf) B coach­ing badges.

He was part of the coach­ing staff of Le­sotho’s na­tional-un­der 20 team, which qual­i­fied for the African Youth Cham­pi­onship for the first time in 2005.

thotanyana was also as­sis­tant nt to na­tional team coach Leslie Notši, otši, while the two re­cently parted ways with South African First Divi­sion­sion side, garankuwa United, fol­low­ing wing a string of poor re­sults.

the veteran coach, led Li­oli li to the 2012/13 league ti­tle and co­mom­mands a lot of re­spect in the lo­cal­cal foot­ball fra­ter­nity.

“We be­lieve that there is a lot that he can bring to help us im­prove go­ing for­ward as we would want to change a lot of things,” said Mo­hapi.

“the long-term plan with the new td is to also im­prove our youth struc­tures and women foot­ball and also have dis­trict leagues.

“there is need to make sure we im­prove in dif­fer­ent de­part­ments of our game and the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor will be very cru­cial in help­ing achieve this, es­pe­cially as far as our na­tional teams are con­cerned.”

Mo­hapi fur­ther said a lot of plan- ning was needed in the New Year to rec­tify “some mis­takes” which im­peded progress in the past.

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­hapi, Matete is also set to be handed a full­time con­tract as na­tional team coach.

“We will make a pub­lic an­nounce­ment of the ap­point­ment in Jan­uary,” Mo­hapi said.

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