Lefa in train­ing drive ahead of sec­ond round

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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.

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