LEFA to re­de­ploy Matete

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) will re­de­ploy Seep­hephe Matete, who was sacked as na­tional team in­terim coach in Oc­to­ber last year, be­cause of poor re­sults.

Matete has since been re­placed by Moses Maliehe, who is also Mat­lama head-coach.

Ac­cord­ing to LEFA pres­i­dent, Sale­mane Phafane, his ex­ec­u­tive was still dis­cussing a suit­able po­si­tion for Matete, who was also re­moved as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor in 2014 due to lack of proper qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Phafane, who made the rev­e­la­tion dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held in Maseru on Tues­day, also an­nounced a shake-up of the na­tional teams’ tech­ni­cal de­part­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the changes, Mot­lalepula Ma­joro is now the new na­tional un­der-20 coach, and re­places the el­e­vated Maliehe.

Ma­joro has pre­vi­ously worked a head-coach of the na­tional un­der-17 side, Bahla­bani that would now be coached by Keketso Le­beta.

Bantu as­sis­tant coach, Caswell Moru, has moved to the na­tional team as as­sis­tant coach and re­unites with Maliehe. The two worked to­gether at the na­tional un­der-20 side, Makoanyane XI.

Mo­hau Mokhoromeng, who was as­sis­tant to Ma­joro at the un­der-17 side, has also moved to the un­der-20 team in the same ca­pac­ity.

LEFA com­mit­tee mem­ber Rantsubise Matete is now the new Likuena team man­ager, and takes over from Khiba Mo­hoanyane. his LEFA col­leagues Thabo Pule and Thabo Maret­lane, as­sume sim­i­lar roles with the un­der-20 and un­der-17 teams, re­spec­tively.

ex­plain­ing the whole­sale chang- es dur­ing the me­dia con­fer­ence, Phafane said they were ne­ces­si­tated by Likuena’s dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance un­der Matete.

Likuena were knocked out in the group stage of the re­gional Cosafa Cup in May 2015, af­ter reach­ing the semi­fi­nals of the pre­vi­ous year’s tour­na­ment un­der Les­lie Notši.

Le­sotho were also booted out of the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers by min­nows Co­moros and also failed to qual­ify for the 2016 African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship.

“The team did not do well at all. We had tar­gets but they were not achieved and in the end, it was dis­ap­point­ments,” Phafane said.

“We re­acted by dis­solv­ing the man­age­ment of the team with the hope for bet­ter re­sults un­der a new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We de­layed act­ing hop­ing they would shape-up, but they failed to im­prove even af­ter giv­ing them an­other chance.”

Phafane fur­ther said Le­sotho’s hopes were now on Maliehe.

“he has a good track record with the youth na­tional teams and it was for that rea­son that he was given a chance to prove him­self with Likuena, but we are still as­sess­ing him,” Phafane said.

“his man­date is to at least take the team to the semi-fi­nals of the Cosafa tour­na­ment in May in Namibia and has about five months to get it right and assem­ble a strong squad for that com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have the same man­date for Ma­joro for the un­der-20 Cosafa Cup and ev­ery na­tional team coach will be given a tar­get to reach from now go­ing for­ward.”

Ac­cord­ing to Phafane, LEFA ex­pected Maliehe to quit his po­si­tion as Mat­lama coach so he could fully fo­cus on the na­tional team.

seep­hephe Matete.

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