Thotanyana lands top Lefa post  

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Mikia Kalati

Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) secretary General, Mokhosi Mohapi, this week confirmed the appointment of Lehlohonolo Thotanyana as Technical Director (TD).

Mohapi told the Lesotho Times that Thotanyana would take over from Seephephe Matete and assume the post next month.

“The deal has been signed and Ntate Thotanyana is now our new Technical Director. He is expected to start in his new role in January 2015,” Mohapi said.

“He was the best candidate for the position and we are happy to have him and the appointment has since been endorsed by Fifa (Federation of International Football Associations).”

Thotanyana, who has coached Premiership giants Lioli and Bantu, holds Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) B and Confederation of African Football (Caf) B coaching badges.

He was part of the coaching staff of Lesotho’s national-Under 20 team, which qualified for the African Youth Championship for the first time in 2005.

Thotanyana was also assistant to national team coach Leslie Notši, while the two recently parted ways with South African First Division side, Garankuwa United, follwing a string of poor results.

The veteran coach, led Lioli to the 2012/13 league title and commands a lot of respect in the local football fraternity.

“We believe that there is a lot that he can bring to help us improve going forward as we would want to change a lot of things,” said Mohapi.

“The long-term plan with the new TD is to also improve our youth structures and women football and also have district leagues.

“There is need to make sure we improve in different departments of our game and the technical director will be very crucial in helping achieve this, especially as far as our national teams are concerned.

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