Notši ap­pointed LeFA tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor

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LES­LIE Notši ( has left his Kick­4Life coach­ing job af­ter he was ap­pointed the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LeFA). Notši suc­ceeds Lehlo­honolo Thotanyana who re­cently took up a job as Li­oli FC coach.

Notši, who has pre­vi­ously coached all men’s soc­cer na­tional teams, is ex­pected to re­port for duty to­mor­row in his new po­si­tion. He is also the in­cum­bent coach for the na­tional un­der-20 soc­cer team Makoanyane XI.

The former Mat­lama goal­keeper joined Kick­4Life in Novem­ber 2015 re­plac­ing Mot­lalepula Ma­joro as the head coach. Among his achieve­ments with the Old Europa side is fin­ish­ing in the top four in the 2016/17 sea­son.

Notši con­firmed his ap­point­ment on Thurs­day and said he was pleased to be of­fered the chance to run the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor’s of­fi­cer. He said he was look­ing for­ward to mak­ing an im­pact on lo­cal foot­ball.

“It is true that I will be leav­ing Kick­4Life be­cause my con­tract with them is end­ing this month end (June),” Notši said.

“There is no bad blood be­tween me and Kick­4Life. They gave me another of­fer but I ex­plained to the club that I needed to take up a new job and they un­der­stood. We parted ways on good terms.”

Notši said he was grate­ful for be­ing en­trusted to be part of a “marvelous project” as Kick­4Life.

“It was such an honor to work with Kick­4Life and I am still proud of all that we have achieved to­gether. How­ever, as a per­son, some­times you get new chal­lenges thrown at you and that is the rea­son for my de­par­ture.

“It is not go­ing to be an easy task but I am also look­ing for­ward to help­ing grow the sport,” a ju­bi­lant Notši said.

Notši who has pre­vi­ously briefly coached South Africa’s Na­tional First Di­vi­sion side, Garankuwa United FC, ad­mit­ted that fill­ing in Thotanyana’s boots is a tough task.

“All the peo­ple who have held that of­fice have done well and I know what chal­lenges await me. How­ever, the sup­port that I am al­ready get­ting from Thotanyana is amaz­ing and I guess it will make things much eas­ier.

“I have also worked at LeFA be­fore so I am fa­mil­iar with the en­vi­ron­ment and that should be handy,” he said.

LeFA sec­re­tary gen­eral Mokhosi Mo­hapi said Notši will con­tinue as the un­der 20 coach un­til the new coach is ap­pointed.

“It is true that he has been hired and he is ex­pected to start on Mon­day (to­mor­row). He will also con­tinue as the na­tional un­der-20 coach un­til he makes a rec­om­men­da­tion for a coach who will take over from him.

“Re­mem­ber among other things that his of­fice is re­spon­si­ble for is rec­om­mend­ing coaches for the na­tional teams then the board ap­points such coach,” Mo­hapi said.

Moorosi Tsiane

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