LEFA men­tors youth coaches

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LE­SOTHO Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) is cur­rently con­duct­ing a four-day coach­ing course for youth coaches in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fed­er­a­tions of In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FIFA).

The course started on Tuesday and is be­ing at­tended by 27 coaches from the coun­try’s 10 dis­tricts. Some of the high pro­file par­tic­i­pants in­clude na­tional un­der-20 team coach Mot­lalepula Ma­joro, as­sis­tant coach of the un­der-17 team Sha­lane Le­hohla as well as for­mer Li­oli cap­tain, Male­banye ‘Congo’ Ramoabi. Ramoabi is now coach­ing the youth teams of the Premier League cham­pi­ons.

LEFA tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Lehlo­honolo Thotanyana, said they felt it was im­por­tant that Ma­joro and Le­hohla par­tic­i­pate since they worked with the ju­nior na­tional teams.

Thotanyana said the pro­gramme was part of ini­tia­tives to im­prove youth de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes as well as spread­ing ex­per­tise to all parts of the coun­try.

“The course is for youth coaches coun­try­wide as well as those that coach at pri­mary and high schools,” Thotanyana said.

“It is all about the coaches giv­ing proper coach­ing and de­cen­tral­is­ing their ex­per­tise to young play­ers.

“It is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the grass­roots pro- grammes that we have with young play­ers and their coaches.

“We also en­gaged schools and we are work­ing with play­ers from Hoohlo pri­mary school aged 13-15 years as well as those from Se­fika High School from the 17 to 19 age group,” he said.

FIFA in­struc­tor Ser­ame Let­soaka is over­see­ing pro­ceed­ings with the help of lo­cal in­struc­tors.

Let­soaka, a for­mer South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, is cur­rently head coach of South African Premier League side Bloem­fontein Celtic.

FIFA in­struc­tor Ser­ame Let­soaka (cen­tre) over­sees pro­ceed­ings as coaches go through their paces.

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