Lefa in training drive ahead of second round
round schedule which kicks off next weekend.
Lefa Secretary General Mokhosi Mohapi said in an interview the football governing body had lined-up a number of training programmes for various stakeholders in the game, starting off with match officials ahead of the second round fixtures next weekend.
“This camp for referees serves the purpose of reminding them about their responsibilities, especially now that the league season will be entering a very crucial stage,” Mohapi said.
“The second round comes with a lot of responsibility and, as the league heads towards its business end, it is important that referees are fully prepared mentally and physically beforehand.
“We are coming from a Christmas break and it is vital to make sure the referees are in good physical shape, so part of the course will include a fitness test.”
Lefa, Mohapi added, is also keen to nip some of the refereeing controversies, which characterised the first round of the premier league, in the bud, adding that they have the potential to damage the reputation of the association and the league if poorly managed.
“We will also be working closely with match commissioners so they understand their responsibilities during matches,” he said.
“We have lined-up a number of training courses for different departments of the game. We started off with match officials and we will also have another one soon to train club doctors.
“Our focus with the team doctors will be on injury prevention as well as injury management based on the fact that the playing surface of our pitches is very poor.”
Mohapi said they had engaged instructors and experts in different fields for the courses as well as partnering with other associations to ensure the trainings goes on smoothly.
Lefa will also hold a course for football writers and club public relations officers in due course. VODACOM Premier League pacesetters, Lioli, are keen to retain their star players as they look to wrest the league title from arch-rivals Bantu at the end of the season.
Tse Nala went to the Christmas break at the summit of the league table with a seven point lead over A Matšo Matebele.
In an interview this week, Lioli Communications and Marketing Manager Pitso Moeketsi expressed confidence none of their players would leave the club in the January transfer window, adding the club is focused on defending their LNIG Top 8 title whose defence will start later this month.
“We are not willing to release any of our players to local and international clubs as our focus is solely on defending our LNIG Top 8 title as well as winning the league,” said Moeketsi.
“Our team has been boosted by Lekhanya Lekhanya and Teboho Lekhooa’s recovery from injury, with the two having started training after a long lay-off.”
He added that Tse Nala are intent on continuing with their successful run of results, having lost only once since the premier league season commenced in August.
“We have said it from the start that we are expecting a lot from our team this season and I’m confident they will continue to dominate,” said Moeketsi.
Lekhooa and Lekhanya have been training with the rest of the squad since 29 December when Lioli resumed training following the Christmas break.
The Teyateyaneng-based side will travel to Butha-buthe for their first match of 2015 against Sundawana FC next weekend.
LIOLI midfielder Teboho Lekhooa (in control) has recovered from injury and has resumed training with the team.
LEFA Secretary General Mokhosi Mohapi.