LEFA hosts CAF D coaching course

LEFA hosts CAF D coaching course

MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) in collaboration with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is hosting a nine-day CAF D Licence coaching course for Qacha’s Nek coaches at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
The course kicked off last Wednesday and is the first of several planned by LEFA with similar workshops for other districts set to follow after it.
The CAF D Licence is the entry level coaching certificate in Africa and holding the qualification allows local coaches to coach in the C-Division or work as assistant coaches in the B-Division.

A total of 31 coaches – three of them women – are attending.
The course is the first CAF coaches training in Lesotho in over four years and was opened by deputy secretary general Chris Bullock who said LEFA wants to improve football in the country by producing more coaches.
“We are back on track with our coaching courses and part of our vision is to ensure we train as many coaches as possible, not just in terms of quantity, but quality as well,” Bullock said.
“I wish to commend the (LEFA) technical department for the good job of getting our courses approved and it will also be done differently now that our own local instructors will be running the courses,” he added.

The course will see participants taken through several modules including the stages of childhood development, team building, modern football principles, passing techniques and some on-field practicals.
All of that is part of LEFA’s plan to escalate the promotion and development of grassroots football, Bullock explained.

“I am looking forward to seeing us produce top coaches that are going to help grow football in Lesotho and you are going to play an important role in making sure we are bringing through more talent,” he said.
Speaking to the coaches in attendance, Lepolesa Mathetela, who is the second vice-president of the Qacha’s Nek District Football Association, urged them to not take the course for granted.
“Through taking courses like this seriously, Lesotho will be able to have many coaches that can improve (the country’s) football,” Mathatela said.

Tlalane Phahla

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