LeFA trains coaches

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Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) is holding a week-long Level 1 coaching course in Mokhotlong which started on Monday and ends tomorrow.

According to the LeFA information officer, Mikia Kalati, the week-long beginners’ course is facilitated by the duo of the former LeFA Technical Director Lehlohonolo Thotanyana and Referees Instructor Moeti Mpopo and has 25 participating coaches.

Kalati said the course is aimed at increasing the number of coaches in the country.

“This course is in response to the need for more coaches so the association is going to hold a series of coaching courses for beginners so that it will be easy for them to enrol for C-Licence courses once they attain Level-1,” Kalati said.

He said the course will also be taken to different districts so that the impact is spread across the country instead of Maseru only.

“We are holding courses in different districts. We have so far held similar courses in Qacha’s Nek, Thaba-Tseka and Maser but because Maseru has lot more people and teams, we will also be hosting another course in coming weeks.

“This course focuses on teaching our coaches what is really expected from them and how they are expected to behave as well as their approach and conduct when they relate with players. They will also be learning about conditioning of players and the different types of exercises or training methods especially for young players as the coaches mostly work with B and C Division teams.

“Ntate Mpopo is also there to teach the participants about the laws of the game and what is expected from a coach from a referees’ perspective,” he said.

Kalati said LeFA is also contemplating the introduction of Level-2 and Level-3 courses.

“We are also planning to introduce another two levels so that by the time coaches go for C-Licence training, they would be properly grounded. Since the lower division teams are encouraged to register into FIFA Connect, this means soon they will be expected to have qualified coaches. This explains why we are doing the courses across the country,” Kalati said.

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