By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Lesotho Football Association has announced the appointed of Lehloenya Nkhasi as the new head coach of the senior women’s national team ahead of the upcoming Conference of Southern African Football Association, COSAFA Women’s Championship to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay from November 3-14.
Nkhasi comes with an impressive Curriculum Vitae, CV having won three successive Lesotho Women’s Super League titles with LDF Ladies and will be assisted by Moroesi Lazaro. They take over the reins from former Lesotho international Lire Phiri, who had been in charge of the team since May 2019.
According to Mikia Kalati, Nkhasi welcomes the new challenge and is confident the experience gained coaching LDF Ladies team and winning three successive Lesotho Women’s Super League titles will be very helpful in his assignment.
Lesotho have been regular competitors at the COSAFA Women’s Championships since the first tournament played in 2002, though they did not take part in 2019.
The national team is currently positioned at number 137 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
They played their first international in 1998 away in Mozambique and lost 3-0, and have yet to qualify for the African Women’s Championship.
Goalkeepers: Thuto Maifo (Motheo Ladies), Boitumelo Nkeane (Grasslands Ladies), Sebolelo Mweza (LDF Ladies).
Defenders: Nkotso Mapota (Wits University), Mosili Motšoeneng (Bloemfontein Celtic), Phesolo Mafusi, Mamoruti Ntsiki, Ntsatsi Khakanyo, Tšoanelo Leboka, Lerato Kheme (all LDF).
Midfielders: Mosel Pita (LDF), Boitumelo Rabele (Lewis and Clark Community College, USA) Matšeliso Ntšasa (LDF), Mabulara Mosoeu (LDF), Lerato Toloane (Nigol Ladies), Ntšabeng Pelea (LDF), Palesa Mpeta (LDF), Maseriti Mohlolo (LDF), Bokang Matabane (LDF), Lerato Mphou (LDF), Molemo Mokhothu (Kick4Life).
Strikers: Litšeoane Maloro (Bloemfontein Celtic), Nteboheleng Mohoshela (Kick4Life), Nthabeleng Potsane (LDF), Kholu Lebakeng (LDF), Matšeliso Makutoane (Basetsana), Senate Letsie (Lewis and Clark Community College, USA), Phuzile Molefe (LDF), Puseletso Jobo (Rovers Ladies).
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