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MASERU – THE Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) Secretary General, Mokhosi Mohapi, says the domestic football is suffering due to lack of qualified coaches.

Mohapi was speaking at the opening ceremony of the CAF A Licence coaching course currently underway at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.

The course is being attended by 23 local coaches including former Bantu coach, James Madidilane, who is the only international coach.

“You saw (how) Matlama couldn’t field a qualified coach as per the requirements of the tournament they were playing in.

It is not by fluke that they were not able to progress,” Mokhosi said.

He was referring to the CAF tournament in which Matlama participated two weeks ago.

“The same thing applies even when we are hiring coaches for the national team. The requirement is to have coach of certain qualification,” he said.

“We’ve got to put the right guys in the right positions and we have to start now.

You are the second batch that is doing the revamped A Licence.”

Mokhsi pleaded with the coaching trainees to “go and serve football”.

He said a similar course is expensive in other countries and the trainees should count themselves lucky for getting it at a lower price in Lesotho.

“James (Madidilane) will tell you why he is not doing it in South Africa.

It would (cost) him around M50 000. How much have you paid? M1 500” he continued.

The course will go on for 30 days but in three segments.

Each will last for 10 days.

It is the second highest coaching qualification in the country after CAF Pro Licence.

Tlalane Phahla

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