LeFA to redeploy Matete



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Matete has since been replaced by Moses Maliehe, who is also Matlama head-coach.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

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