Mehalalitoe to miss Cosafa championship

Mehalalitoe to miss Cosafa championship

MASERU- Lesotho’s national women’s team, Mehalalitoe, will not take part in this year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship which will be staged in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from July 31 to August 11.
According to insiders, the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) had initially decided against entering the team in the 2019 edition of the regional tournament because of “poor performance and bad behaviour amongst the players in camp”.

LEFA then had a change of heart after being impressed by the team’s improvement in friendly games against eSwatini last month and made a last minute decision to enter Mehalalitoe in this year’s showpiece.

However, it was too late to enter the team and LEFA’s attempts to sway COSAFA were not successful.
Lesotho played two friendly matches against eSwatini in May under their new coach, the former Likuena international Lire Phiri.

Mehalalitoe were impressive in both games which ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively.
Phiri is working with Paul Setoko, the founder of Lesotho Women’s Super League giants FC Stoko, as his assistant.
Lesotho’s absence from the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship means Mehalalitoe’s last competitive actions will remain last year’s COSAFA edition which was held in September 2018.

Before that, Lesotho met South Africa last June in the qualifiers for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AFCON) losing 7-0 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Super League will hold a girls’ and women’s football festival on Saturday at Lesotho Defence Force Airwing to celebrate the closing of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that is on-going in France. The festival will start at 9am.

Tlalane Phahla

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