Ntšonyana goes club hunting

Ntšonyana goes club hunting

MASERU-Former Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and Liphakoe head coach Teele Ntšonyana has issued a ‘come and get me plea’ to any club that may be interested in his services.

Ntšonyana’s contract with Liphakoe ended in June and he said he has not heard anything from the Econet Premier League club since then.
The former Lesotho international striker only took over as Liphakoe coach in January but the Quthing outfit has been openly looking for a new coach and appear to have moved on from Ntšonyana.

Ntšonyana, who signed a short-term contract with Liphakoe when he joined, said he expected clarification from the club on whether they would continue with him or not but he has not received any communication.
Speaking to thepost this week, Ntšonyana said he is available and will listen to any job proposals if they match his demands though he is not in talks with anyone at the moment.

Ntšonyana said his situation with Liphakoe shows coaches are not valued and exposes how fickle the football industry has become.
He said coaches are not treated the way they should be and they can be dismissed at any minute without warning.

Ntšonyana said football administrators seem to value players over coaches and they need to understand how coaching works.
“There is a need for our admins to understand coaching and how it works, to achieve success there must be cooperation, (we must) work together towards one goal,” Ntšonyana underlined.

“It is not about signing lot of players, it’s about working together and having the same vision, but you see even now teams signings players without having coaches. Who is going to coach them? Do these players fit the system the coach wants to play?”

Ntšonyana added: “There were no talks from Liphakoe about my contract and whether they are going forward with me or not, nothing. Coaches are treated like nonentities, as if we are the ones in need, (and as if) we are rendering our services. Coaches are treated differently from players.”
Meanwhile, in preparation for the return of football after a seven-month stoppage because of Covid-19, the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has urged clubs to start thinking about hiring a compliance officer, a security officer, and securing the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for players and club officials.

Ntšonyana said football clubs, regardless of their size and status, must practise professionalism.
Ntšonyana admitted the forced professionalism from LEFA and the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) is going to be difficult for clubs, especially the smaller ones, and he pleaded with the Ministry of Sports to do more to help clubs comply with conditions set by NACOSEC.

Training of the LEFA Compliance Committee, club head coaches – which is underway for top-flight teams – club compliance officers, security officers, match officials and match assessors, media, DIFA Compliance Officers and DIFA Club Compliance Officers must be done before a physical return to football is approved.

Clubs will also have to submit a declaration to comply with the directives of both LEFA and NACOSEC when returning to football.
Meanwhile, the Lesotho Football Coaches Association is set to host its elective conference on October 17 and nomination forms have to be submitted before Friday this week. Only registered and active members of the association will be allowed to vote.

Tlalane Phahla

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