Lefa launches Under-15 girl’s league

Lefa launches Under-15 girl’s league

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has launched a national Under-15 girl’s football league.
The league is set to start this month with 12 schools taking part.
The schools were selected by the Lesotho Institutions Sports Association (LISA) and the Lesotho Public Service Staff Association (LEPSSA).

Each school selected won recent qualifying tournaments held by the two federations.
The league will have no winners or prize money because LEFA says it wants to develop young players for the women’s game.
The schools will field sides of seven players and games will be played in one half of a normal football pitch.

The matches will last a total of 70 minutes with 35 minutes per half.
The amended rules are intended to allow ‘everyone on the pitch to touch the ball’, LEFA said.
Last year, LEFA launched a national Under-15 boys’ football league which continues across the country.
LEFA president advocate Salemane Phafane said the association will fully fund the girls’ league project with money, playing kits, boots and everything needed for a football match.

The selected schools will each receive US$1000 which is equal to M16 000 in local currency and every school will have to account for the money.
The selected schools are Rasetimela, Phahameng, St. Charles, ‘Makhethisa, Mapoteng, Thetsane, Mahloenyeng, Bereng, Holy Cross, ‘Maseribane, Tšepo, and Lioli.
All are high schools.

LEFA has already started training teachers to work with the players.
“The balls they are going to use come from the association, the playing kit comes from the association as well as the goalkeeper equipment,” Phafane said.
“Everything will go via LISA and LEPSSA because they are our eyes, and each school participating will get financial assistance from the association of $1 000 US dollars,” he added.

“Our expectations are to see progress at the end of the year, there must be improvement in women’s football as well as in the Under-15 boy’s football league,” the LEFA boss said.
As is tradition every year, Phafane also handed two match-balls to all presidents of LEFA’s District Football Associations (DIFA).
Each DIFA gets a yearly subvention of M60 000 from LEFA and the money comes in two parts. Every DIFA first receives M30 000 and must account for the money before getting the other half.

Phafane also urged the nation go out and support Likuena in their 2020 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Benin this month. Lesotho plays Benin away on March 25 and at home on March 29.
Phafane said he hopes Likuena stay safe from the coronavirus outbreak that has threatened the sports fraternity worldwide.

He said the association has prepared everything for Likuena and there are no reported cases of the coronavirus in Benin at the moment.
“They can only perform if we support them,” Phafane said of Likuena.
“I urge everyone to support the team, give them moral support to bring us victory in Benin,” he added.
“Not so long ago our team was playing well away and bad at home and we know why, but at the moment it seems that has stopped.”

Tlalane Phahla

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