Sentso hails local referees
LESOTHO Football Association (LeFA) referees’ coordinator Mohau Sentšo has heaped praises on local referees for their recent call-ups for CAF assignments.
This follows this week’s CAF assignments for Retšelisitsoe Molise and Souru Phatšooane, who were officiating CAF Champions’ League group stage match between AS Vita and Al Ahly in Kinshasa on Tuesday.
Molise was the fourth official while Phatšooane was the first assistant referee. Veteran former referee, Moeti Mpopo, was the match official in the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe in Pretoria on the same day.
In recent years, several local referees have been in different CAF assignments and COSAFA tournaments while Phatšooane went as far as officiating in the AFCON and Under-17 World Cup tournaments in 2019.
In an interview with Lesotho Times on Monday, Sentšo attributed the call-ups to hard work.
“In the past, our referees and match commissioners were only used in the preliminary stages or first round of different tournaments but things have changed now,” Sentšo said.
“They have been working really hard both at home and internationally that is why they are getting more gigs and even going beyond just preliminary stages.”
Sentšo also attributed the developments to the frequent officiating courses they have been holding for their referees.
“In the past, we would go for over three years without courses and that was affecting us but I changed that when I took over. We are now holding frequent courses and that means CAF instructors also get closer and have enough time to assess our referees hence they have been getting these engagements.”
Lesotho referees in the CAF and FIFA panel include Osiase Koto, Lebalang Mokete and Molise as central referees in the men’s category.
Assistant referees are Phatšooane, Lesupi Puputla, Mapoho Mapoho and Siza Dlangamandla. Nteboheleng Setoko is the only female and is a central referee.
Women assistant referees are Puleng Mahomo, Polotso Maapara and Fumane Mokhethi.