LeFA trains refs, coaches

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Leemisa Thuseho

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) and FIFA hosted a week-long FIFA MA Elite Referees Course in Maseru.

The course started on 22 November 2021 and ends on 28 November 2021.

The referees’ course was facilitated by FIFA instructors, Carlos Henriques (technical) from South Africa and Mark Mzengo (physical) from Malawi.

LeFA referees’ committee coordinator, Mohau Sentšo said the course was only for elite referees who officiate at the premier league and A Division levels.

“This is a refresher course for elite referees who officiate in the premier league and A Division,” Sentšo said.

“We had the same course in June during the lockdowns and it was online.

“Following the online course, we found it necessary for our referees to also have a physical training because online courses do not have practical and fitness test which are key in refereeing.”

The course will be handy for the referees to learn about new amendments in the laws of the game as well helping them to maintain their standards.

Twenty-five male and five female referees are taking part in the course.

Sentšo said the course came at the right time as the Vodacom Premier League (VPL) is resuming this weekend.

“That the course came just before the resumption of our league means that our referees will be primed for good performances.”

LeFA also hosted a FIFA Youth Coaching course in Mohale’s Hoek. The course started on 22 November 2021 and ended on 26 November 2021.

Mohamed Basir, a senior manager in the FIFA coaching development department is facilitating the course alongside LeFA technical director, Leslie Notši and LeFA coach education manager, Lehlohonolo Thotanyana.

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