LEFA launches Under-15 youth league

LEFA launches Under-15 youth league

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has launched a first-ever national Under-15 Domestic Youth League.

The league was unveiled yesterday at LEFA’s Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena headquarters and it will be made up of 24 teams from across the country that have been divided into four pools – Pool A, B, C and D.

According to LEFA’s youth development officer, Mohaila Letseka, the league’s inaugural edition is a pilot project which will only take four months.
Next year the Under-15 league will then be rolled out fully with a first and second round, Letseka added.

LEFA technical director Leslie Notši said the project has been approved by the association’s executive committee and coaches will be assigned to watch matches because LEFA’s plan is to launch and build a national Under-15 side in the near future.

The Under-15 Domestic Youth League will get underway this month.
“Last year FIFA invited us technical directors (of national associations) to show us how we are going to work with the (FIFA) technical department office,” Notši said.

“We were asked what we would have for our country to make as priority number one. What I put down for Lesotho was to have a domestic Under-15 league and after three months FIFA came to LEFA and told us they accept that and they will support the association. It has been a long process; we involved the coaches, the coordinators and transport to help them,” he explained.

“The league has been approved by the (LEFA) executive to start and it is starting this month,” Notši added.

“The league’s coaches and the coordinators will get allowances to motivate them. The most important thing is to make sure we get the best of the best from these teams. In all the districts we will have coaches scouting (players) so that, at the end, we have Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 as our national teams.”
Under-15 Domestic Youth League pools:
Pool A
Butha-Buthe, Pitseng, Hlotse, Teyateyaneng, Makhoakhoeng, Peka, Maputsoe and Ha Majara.
Pool B
Mokhotlong Urban, Bokong, Mapholaneng, and Thaba-Tseka Urban.
Pool C
Qacha’s Nek, Quthing, Mohale’s Hoek, Mafeteng Urban, Matelile and Phamong.
Pool D
Thetsane, Maseru East, Nazareth, Maseru South, Maseru Central and Thaba-Bosiu

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