Moment of reckoning for clubs with unqualified coaches

Moment of reckoning for clubs with unqualified coaches

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Eight Vodacom Premier League clubs including Linare and Rovers face points deductions for using unqualified coaches.

The potential punishments relate to new coaching requirements introduced by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) at the beginning of the season which required top-flight coaches to possess at least a CAF B-License.
The changes led to champions Lioli changing coaches at the start of the campaign with Mosholi “Shoes” Mokhothu replaced by Halemakale Mahlaha.

However, thepost has learnt that eight teams have continued to flaunt the rules despite being given special dispensation to get their house in order by LeFA’s club licensing committee.
Fed up with clubs dragging their feet, the club licensing committee has given the band of teams which includes Linare, Rovers and Liphakoe until Friday midday to submit their coaches and qualification before the second round starts on Saturday.

Khotso Mapepesa from LeFA’s licensing committee said any club that fails to submit all required documents for their coaches will be docked points.

“All the clubs have been given until Friday at 12:00 to submit the names of the coaches and the documents; they have to submit the coaches’ certificate, contract and letter of appointment,” he said.

“If they fail to do so when we meet on Friday at 14:30 we will write to the premier league and alert them that a certain team has failed to meet the requirements and they will be docked three points from the points they have already accumulated, which means if the team has one point, they will have minus two,” he stated.

In July, LeFA held a CAF A-License coaching course for two weeks which was the highest level to be held in the country. About 26 coaches attended the course.
It was a move by LeFA which intended to ensure all the premier league coaches are qualified.

However, there are still teams using coaches that do not meet the requirements. One of the causes has been the chopping and changing of coaches.

For example, Sundawana parted ways with head coach Sidwell Mothea after just six games and, following several weeks under an interim coach, ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ hired Lehlohonolo “Freeze” Ntene last November.

At Linare, Motlatsi Shale resigned last September and was replaced by assistant coaches Teboho Shopeng and None Mohapi. The duo remains in charge of ‘Tse Tala’.

Meanwhile, Vodacom Premier League strugglers Rovers are believed to have been given special dispensation from the start of the season to sort out their coaching department.
Rovers have been under the guidance of by Kabelo Ramolula after parting ways with Pule Khojane at the beginning of this season.

“At the beginning of the season there was only one team that was using an unqualified coach and they were given provisional licensing that said they have until September (last year) to get a qualified coach,” Mapepesa told thepost.
“But, as time went on, we realised that there are actually a lot of teams that were using coaches that are not qualified. For example, some expelled their coaches along the way and appointed new ones. To us they don’t have coaches until they submit the required paperwork,” he said.

If found guilty, the three-point deductions would harm the seasons of the respective clubs. For example, Rovers are in the relegation dogfight and are just three points above Likhopo in the drop zone.

Linare, on the other hand, are in tenth place, three points behind eighth-placed Lesotho Defence Force. The Leribe side’s hopes of finishing in the top eight would be seriously hampered.

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