It is with great sadness that the Lesotho Football Association informs the football fraternity of the passing away of its legendary player and coach Mr. Seephephe Matete, who was affectionately known, as ‘Machine’ or number 10. This name grew with him from his playing days.
Mr. Matete, who served LeFA in different portfolios over the years, is regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have graced the football fields in the Kingdom of Lesotho. His football career also took him to South Africa, where he played in the mines and for Bloemfontein Celtic.
Mr. Matete will also be remembered as the first coach to guide the Lesotho national team to a CAF competition, when he along with Mr. Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, qualified for the National U-20 (Makoanyane XI), to the then African Youth Championship held in Benin in 2005.
Mr. Matete, who also had a spell as the LeFA Technical Director, was one of the country’s first CAF Coach Instructors and had been scheduled to be one of the Instructors for the ongoing CAF A License Coaching Course, but had to be replaced at the eleventh hour due to health concerns.
We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the football fraternity. Words cannot express how saddened we are to lose this icon. We wish the family comfort, courage and lots of love as we all mourn our legend.
He will be remembered for his bubbly personality and passion for the beautiful game. May his soul rest in peace.
Lesotho Football Association