Partners – Lesotho Football Association

Among the several partnerships with other Associations, one partnership that is worth mentioning is the Lesotho Football Association – England Football Association partnership under the Meridian Project. The Meridian Project is an initiative of the Congress of African Football – CAF and the Union of European Football Associations – UEFA. The initiative is aimed at strengthening ties
between the economically challenged CAF member Associations and the economically viable UEFA member Associations.
In the Meridian Project, a UEFA Member Association adopts two or three CAF Member Associations. The partnership then sets to maximize football activities be it technical or administrative.

In the case of the Lesotho Football Association, Lesotho together with Botswana and Malawi are adopted by England. The partnership has so far yielded immense results for football development in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Basotho coaches and referees have had the opportunity of enhancing their football knowledge in England. Concurrently, the English FA has over the years sent instructors to Lesotho to conduct coaching courses
for elite as well as grassroots coaches.

This year (2008), Lesotho got a rare opportunity of hosting
the head coach of the English Senior National Coach
Mr. Fabio Capello and his entourage

Objectives – Lesotho Football Association

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION:

1.1 SHORT TERM OBJECTIVES

– Establish full-fledged administrative offices at distracts levels run by full time Administrative Secretary.
– Acquire sites in the name of the Association for future sporting facilities in all 10 districts of Lesotho.
– Strive to acquire sponsorship(s) for the Association and (its clubs) and existing competitions and to initiate new competitions where possible.
– Establish business partnership(s) with business community in Lesotho and abroad for the development of football.

1.2 MEDIUM TERM OBJECTIVES

– Convert the position of Secretary General and Treasurer into the position of full time paid ( Chief Executive Officer)
– Assist to acquire sponsorship for all Premier League Teams and all national teams.
– Initiate and establish “Youth Leagues” categorized as U-12, U-15, U-17 and U-20 as actual grassroots Development Programmes
at village, district and national level.
– Engage highly qualified Foreign Coach for the following responsibilities: –
– Technical Director – Head Coach – National Team

1.3 LONG-TERM OBJECTIVES

– To develop and promote the Premier League to professional level.
– Close focus on women and Youth football Development Programmes.
– Establish a “School of Excellence” – Academy
– Attain high level qualified Local Technical staff in all areas e.g coaching, refereeing etc.
– Achieve sustainable financial independence to generate at least 30% – 40% of funds required to run the Association.

About Us – Lesotho Football Association

The Lesotho Football Association among other duties has the responsibility of providing training for the four components of football; coaching, refereeing, administration and sports medicine. The courses are run under the auspices of the Technical Director
Mr. Seephephe Matete and the Administration
Manager Mr. Mokhosi Mohapi who then report to
FIFA and CAF respectively.

Training is provided by the local instructors who have
been trained locally, at CAF level and at FIFA level.
Because the Association has working relationships
with other Associations, there are some courses that
are offered by those Associations that Le.F.A has ties
with. An e.g. of such a course is the recent Coaching course that the England Football Association held for premier league and A- Division club coaches.

Although women football is in its infancy in Lesotho, there are structures that tirelessly working towards the establishment of proper women football leagues across the country. This year, Mr. Likhetho Mokhathi, the Women Football National Team head Coach assembled a very formidable Under 19 Women Team that attempted to qualify for the FIFA Women Youth Championships that will be held in Chile. The team was fixtured against Botswana.
Although the team played very well in Lesotho, the team was unfortunately knocked out in the return match in Gaborone.
It is worth mentioning that the first team to play an official match on football turf in the Kingdom of Lesotho was the Women Under 19 Team.