Refs in five-day training

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Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) is holding a five-day FIFA elite referees’ course in Maseru in preparation for the new Econet Premier League season which starts next month.

The course, which has 30 officials from both the A Division and premier league, started on Monday and is expected to end tomorrow.

LeFA’s head of refereeing Mohau Sentso told the Lesotho Times that the course is meant to sharpen the local referees.

“This course forms part of the training series that we normally hold for our officials before our leagues start,” Sentso said.

The course is being facilitated by the duo of Felix Tangawarima (technical instructor) from Zimbabwe and Italian physical instructor Giuseppe Galvano.

“We normally start with courses that are facilitated by our local instructors and finish off with those conducted by foreign experts,” Sentso said.

“This training is for both A Division and premier league referees and the reason for which we convene them just before the commencement of the season is that we want the participants to be ready by the time the leagues kick-off.”

He said the trainings are necessitated by their need to eliminate mistakes by officials in matches.

“This is the right time for courses like this one because the leagues commence when the official would still; be fresh. That helps us minimise the mistakes made by officials during matches,” he said.

In June this year, LeFA also conducted another course that was facilitated by Rethusitsoe Lebaka and Moeti Mpopo. The June edition also trained the officials on the latest FIFA laws.

 

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