Phats’oane off to Morocco

Phats’oane off to Morocco

MASERU – Highly-rated Lesotho assistant referee, Souru Phatšoane, is among 56 of the continent’s top match officials undergoing a CAF 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparation course in Rabat, Morocco.
The course began on Monday and ends on Sunday and is being spearheaded by CAF to prepare candidates for the showpiece AFCON finals slated for Egypt from June 21 to July 19.
The match officials selected are undergoing medical and physical tests and taking theoretical and practical courses under the supervision of CAF lecturers and experts.

At the end of the intensive training camp, CAF will then determine a final list of referees to officiate in Africa’s biggest football tournament which is set for the Egyptian cities of Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia and Suez.
The week-long workshop is also ensuring candidates are up to speed on the game’s latest trends, rules and developments and it is the closest a Lesotho match official has come to officiating at an AFCON finals.
Phatšoane, who has become a fixture on the international stage over the past two years, is renowned for his professionalism and transparency.

If he makes the cut for the 2019 AFCON, he will become the first Mosotho to officiate at a major CAF tournament.
This season, Phatšoane has already missed large chunks of local action because of his commitments in the CAF Champions League and AFCON qualifiers and Maponyane Letsie, a senior member of the Lesotho Football Association’s referees’ committee members, said Phatšoane has a bright future as a match official.
“This is big for us and for him,” Letsie told thepost.
“This is the furthest anyone from Lesotho has got and for him to be considered as one of the officials that could go to the AFCON is really big and we are very proud. If he can go to the AFCON that will raise his profile and, who knows, maybe one day he could even be considered for the FIFA World Cup. Every (international) game he is involved in raises his profile,” Letsie added.

Meanwhile, LEFA will hold a basic referees training course next month for people interested in becoming match officials.
About 40 candidates from around Lesotho’s 10 districts are expected to participate and the minimum requirement is a Form E school certificate because courses will be conducted in English.
The course is for men and women and there are age restrictions in both categories: women should be between the ages of 20 and 25 years while men should be between the age of 20 and 30.
“Interested participants can submit their applications to their (District Football Associations) but those who are in Maseru can go straight to Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena and drop their applications there,” Letsie said.
“After the basic course, we will also hold an intermediate course for those that did a similar basic (course) few years ago. These referees are now officiating in the B-Division and school games and it is important to have another course for them.”

Tlalane Phahla


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