Lesotho FA: We Are Not to Blame for Dwindling Football Standards in the Country
Lesotho FA denies that it is responsible for dwindling standard of football in the country.
Following the unimpressive performance of the Makoanyane at the recently concluded Cosafa U-20 Championship, the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) Secretary General Mokhosi Mohapi has told critics that his federation cannot take all the blame for all the team’s woes citing that there are a lot of factors contributing to the problem.
Lesotho were knocked out of the competition straight away with only one point that they claimed in their opening game against Angola as they played to 1-1 draw on Sunday last week.
In their second match, they were beaten by 4 goals to zero by Zimbabwe, before they were sent home packing by Botswana after a 1-0 defeat.
Speaking during the annual prize-giving ceremony where Likuena players and delegation received their money from gate takings as rewarded by LeFA at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, Mohapi blamed this loss and other general football problems in the national teams on slow and poor development of young footballers from the grassroots.
“With this kind of poor development we are expected to compete with countries that invest so much in their football talent, which is really difficult and will forever be if the situation doesn’t change,” he said as quoted by Informative News.
Mohapi also blamed the loss on lack of football facilities and a relatively day-long school time that does not enable students to have time to play football.
The outspoken administrator also pointed out that the current Makoanyane XI was ‘the worst team’ the association has ever sent to this competition in a long time. The best team, which was last year, came home with a bronze medal.