By: Lilemo Matlotlo
Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) launched FIFA Youth Coaching Courses ahead of Inter-district Youth League which is likely to get underway early next month.
LEFA spokesperson Mr. Mikia Kalati told this publication that courses are headed by FIFA consultant, Mr. Kim Paulsen from Denmark in FIFA’s bid to assist LEFA with the preparations to host Inter-district Youth League.
Kalati explained that the main purpose of the courses is to educate youth coaches from all districts in the country on coaching strategies which include dealing with youth technically.
He went on to give credit to Paulsen saying he believe that Paulsen will help in process of the work because he is an experienced individual.
“We are helped by FIFA to have these courses led by Mr. Kim Paulsen. He is experienced and previously secured major coaching posts in various countries including the one of coaching his home’s national team, I believe he is the right person for this work,” he said.
He clarified that it won’t be for the first time LeFA hosts games like Inter-district Youth League but admitted that the league will be of its own style, mentioning that the coaching courses are going to upper the standard of the league.
“We have had so many games before this upcoming league, for instance we were recently hosting Inter-district Youth Tournament but the league is so unique because it has coaching courses which are going to advance it,” he said.
Kalati added that he is hopeful to see coaches who are taking on coaching lessons going back home and share what they learned with the community, more especially youth and other coaches.A
He said if coaches can share their insights on youth football with young players in their respective communities that will aid in building a strong future national team.
“I am looking forward to see coaches going back home to share what they have learned with the young players and by so doing we will be building a strong future Likuena because football starts in developing young players,” concluded Kalati.