LEFA mentors youth coaches
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.