Maseru, April.4 — Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) handed over football equipment to Talent Development Schemes (TDS) and its regions.
Addressing the media today at LEFA headquarters, the Project Manager of TDS Mr Mohaila Letseka said that this project was made by FIFA and they also made a request to FIFA to help them with the project.
He revealed that in January they started this project and started in the North region consisting of four districts namely,Leribe, Butha Buthe, Mokhotlong and Berea. He revealed that they also came to the Central Region which consists of Maseru, Thaba Tseka and Mafeteng, South which is Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing and Qacha’s Nek.
He further indicated that they have grouped the region in such a way that they share football playgrounds and they are Maputsoe DIFA, Bambatha in Maseru and Mohale’s Hoek. He said the chosen football grounds are better for children and that they are central to all districts grouped as one.
Mr Letseka emphasized that they had already worked on the first phase but this time they are working on the second phase which is selecting children and training them.
He added that they have bought soccer boots, soccer balls, first aid kit, soccer kit, markers, backpacks for coaches, goalkeeper gloves, cones, training shoes for coaches, whistles, stopwatches, shorts and shirts.
He said they have chosen under 15 kids and the starting age is 13. He said from every region, they selected 33 kids and their target is 99 kids all in all.
Mr Letseka said that FIFA is going to send its experts to monitor the project and are going to be separately send to the centres making the region.
He said that they were given a year to work on TDS but because of the performance in Lesotho, they have been allocated more time, adding that they also qualify to be assisted as the FIFA program runs for four years.