Lefa trains youth coaches

Lefa trains youth coaches

MASERU – Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) technical director Leslie Notši and the association’s secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi, opened a coaching course for youth district coaches on Wednesday at LEFA’s Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena headquarters.

The course is being held in preparation for an Under-15 Inter District League scheduled to get underway in September.
It is being overseen by FIFA technical expert Kim Poulsen who is from Denmark.

Notši said the purpose of the seminar is to train coaches that are already coaching kids in villages across Lesotho and about 30 coaches have started the course.

The course began on Wednesday and will end on Sunday.
It started with practicals at Setsoto Stadium on Wednesday. Poulsen said he is happy Lesotho applied for the course because FIFA wants coaches to be able to identify good players.

He said if a coach is not equipped with enough knowledge and does not have the right personality the team is likely to fail.

“On behalf of FIFA I am happy that Lesotho applied for the coaching course,” Poulsen said.

“The key for change is the coaches because they identify good players then train them. If the coach is not knowledgeable and does not have personality to become a good coach, all his teams will fail,” he added.

Poulsen is vastly experienced. He started coaching in 1987 and has worked around the world, including in Asia and Africa.

“I was based in Tanzania for the same job five years ago,” Poulsen said.
“I have spent another three years in Australia. I was a head coach there. I want to learn every day because football changes all the time. There are no experts here, I still learn new things. I hope we will share good ideas,” he explained.

Poulsen added: “I will present to you my way (of coaching). My job is to try to develop the sport and give you input to grow as coaches. To be a good coach is like a two-way (process) as we have hardware being fitness while software is all other things, including capacitating youth with knowledge. I encourage all of you to be positive for the success of the course.”

Mohapi said LEFA is proud of what the coaches are doing with no facilities and he said LEFA knows the coaches’ job is not easy.

Mohapi said the course is coming at the right time as LEFA is preparing for upcoming football development competitions.
“We are happy that we have one lady here,” he said.

“This course comes at the right time when we are preparing players for competitions. Some other clubs are now helping promote youth teams by giving them a chance and that is good.”

Mohapi added: “The association is grateful for what coaches do because there are no facilities and (there are) academic issues. It is not easy, we know. We will not see results immediately but eventually there will be an impact. The world does not care about developing they are only interested in results and we all do.”

Mohapi encouraged the coaches in attendance to focus their energies on developing the next generation of talent for Lesotho.
“We want you as development coaches to take your time with the kids so that they fully have a clear understanding of what they are supposed to do,” Mohapi said.

“You should not leave the youth teams and join big teams because we will block you,” he added.

“You should be focused on the development (phase) as this course states. This is more like an investment because we want to promote youth.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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