Back to school for coaches

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

TWENTY-FIVE coaches are tak­ing part in a two-week Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball C Li­cense coach­ing course be­ing held at Bam­batha Tšita sports Arena.

The train­ing started on mon­day last week and ends this satur­day and is the fourth such course the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Lefa) has held since 2012.

Lefa sec­re­tary Gen­eral, mokhosi mo­hapi, said the train­ing is aimed at cre­at­ing a big­ger pool of coaches qual­i­fied to han­dle teams at the high­est level.

“We have been hold­ing the C Li­cence course ev­ery year since 2012, with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing sure our coaches have the right foot­ball ed­u­ca­tion.

“The course also seeks to in­crease the num­ber of coaches el­i­gi­ble to take charge of Pre­mier League and A Di­vi­sion teams,” mo­hapi said.

“This year, we have ex­tended this plat­form to coaches work­ing with clubs in the lower di­vi­sion, to en­sure we give every­body a chance to en­hance their skills.

“This course broad­ens the ca­pac­ity of the coaches and hope­fully, the knowl­edge gained is go­ing to en­sure we have bet­ter play­ers for the suc­cess of our teams at both na­tional and club level.”

mo­hapi said na­tional team (Likuena) in­terim coach and for­mer Lefa Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor, seep­hephe matete, is the course’s chief in­struc­tor, while Likuena leg­end Molefe Makhele and fit­ness spe­cial­ist, el­iz­a­beth Yelisa are his as­sis­tants.

em­pha­sise the need for the three men to stick to their re­spec­tive job-de­scrip­tions.

“it has been made clear that mokhothu and secker are in charge of the team, while mahlaha’s role was also clearly spelt out in yes­ter­day’s meet­ing.

“We have no doubt that things are back to nor­mal now, as the three coaches in­di­cated they fully un­der­stood what was re­quired of them go­ing for­ward.”

Con­tacted for com­ment, mokhothu said he was given a man­date to ful­fil and clearly un­der­stood why he was at the Tey­ateya­neng­based club.

“There isn’t much to say about the whole is­sue, but i think each and ev­ery one of us was given a man­date and should act ac­cord­ingly,” mokhothu said.

mahlaha, on the other hand, said the ac­cu­sa­tions against him were base­less.

“i know my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as tech­ni­cal direc­tor, and all th­ese re­ports that i have been in­ter­fer­ing with the coach, are not true at all,” said mahlaha.

“There is a lot i can say about this is­sue but now is not the right time to do so.”

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