New women’s foot­ball boss eyes growth

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

NEWLY-ELECTED Le­sotho Women Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Puse­letso Mokhosi has vowed to im­prove the stan­dards of women’s foot­ball in the coun­try.

Mokhosi, who re­placed Maleshoane Mokhathi af­ter the lat­ter re­signed mid­way through her last term, said the new com­mit­tee was mulling a tour­na­ment that would fea­ture all women’s teams.

“Our main tar­get is to have a com­pe­ti­tion that will be con­tested by ladies’ teams across the coun­try. We will also in­tro­duce grass­roots pro­grammes to help us iden­tify young tal­ent,” Mokhosi said.

“The grass­roots stage is very im­por­tant be­cause that is where we get the young tal­ent es­pe­cially at pri­mary schools. So we need to give it at­ten­tion go­ing for­ward be­cause we have lost a lot of tal­ent al­ready.”

Mokhosi said it was also im­por­tant to en­sure na­tional teams get more in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure adding they would work closely with the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) to achieve that.

“We need to make sure our na­tional team gets as many in­ter­na­tional matches as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of pro­mot­ing the ladies game in the coun­try.

“The coach­ing de­part­ment also re­quires se­ri­ous at­ten­tion and we need to make sure that there is a big pool of women coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

“There is a huge gap be­tween men’s and women’s foot­ball in terms of trained ad­min­is­tra­tors so that is an­other de­part­ment where we will have to put more ef­fort.”

Mokhosi com­mended the pre­vi­ous com­mit­tee for en­sur­ing there were women on the ref­er­ees’ panel.

She said it would also be a huge chal- lenge to at­tract cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship for the women’s foot­ball league that was now in its sec­ond year.

“What is left is for us to go out and get the cor­po­rate sec­tor to in­vest in women foot­ball as we al­ready have a league that is in its sec­ond year,” Mokhosi said.

“The Women Su­per League is get­ting stronger and has played a mas­sive role in re­viv­ing the sport among women.

“It will en­sure we have a big pool to se­lect play­ers for the na­tional teams and we just have to make it more com­pet­i­tive,” she added.

New Women’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mit­tee:

Pres­i­dent: Puse­letso Mokhosi. Vi­cePres­i­dent: Tha­bane Lekhooa, Sec­re­tary: Chris Bul­lock, Vice-sec­re­tary: Joalane Ton­goane, Trea­surer: Mampiti Thamae, PRO Sel­loane Nkoe­bele, Mem­bers: Khotha­lang Mo­let­sane, Tiisetso Mote­mekoane, Mon­a­heng Mon­tšo.

WOMEN’S foot­ball na­tional team player Makobo Kepa (right) in action in this file pic.

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