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Sept. 23, 2021

STAFF REPORTER

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LeFA teams up with English FA

LeFA teams up with English FA

LeFA president, KC Salemane Phafane

Story highlights

  • Grassroots equipment worth M500 000 bought for DIFAs
  • LeFA plans to engage coaching staff from Belgium

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KING’s Counsel Salemane Phafane, President of the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA), the local soccer governing body, has announced a game-changing bilateral partnership with their English counterparts, FA that is expected to give football in the Mountain Kingdom a massive facelift.

He told a press briefing on Tuesday that LeFA has already purchased grassroots equipment worth M500 000 for its District Football Association (DIFAs) from the first batch of the bilateral support from FA through the UEFA Assist Program.

UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe.

“I know people have been asking if we have bilateral agreements and we said, we have them with several nations and football bodies,” Phafane said.

“One of them like I said, is the English FA and by extension UEFA. When we were in talks with the FA, they extended our partnership beyond them by engaging UEFA,” he further showed.

The LeFA President revealed that the association is also in negotiations with the Moroccan FA over a similar collaboration.

“The expectation is that we will soon begin to reap fruits from these bilateral relations. We will begin to have exchange programmes with the Moroccan Football Association and by the same token, we are in the process of establishing a bilateral agreement with Belgium.

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“Our hope is that if all goes well, we will recruit coaching staff from Belgium or trainers for our coaches. You will remember that we had agreements of this nature with a few nations such as the Germans and we recruited a coach from Germany but, the move did not give us good results.

“We are now looking to Belgium and the Secretary General is hard at work towards securing the agreement,” he said.

Phafane was re-elected as LeFA President for a fourth term on September 11.

He retained his position at the helm of the association following a landslide victory over the DIFA Maseru boss, Lijane Nthunya. 

He secured 42 votes out of 49 delegates, while his challenger only collected the remaining seven.

 

 

 

 

 

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