‘Awards could lure women soccer sponsors’

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU – President of the Women Football Committee, Puseletso Mokhosi, is confident women appreciation awards can entice sponsors to invest in local women’s football. This was after Mokhosi walked away with the Sport and Recreation accolade during the Finite Women Appreciation Awards ceremony, which was held at ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre in Maseru last Saturday.

Mokhosi, who is also a match commissioner for the Cosafa Women Championships, beat Lesotho’s number one triple jump star Lerato Sechele and the 2016 sports star of the year, Boitumelo Rabale, for the award. “First of all, I am proud and grateful to have been nominated for this award; I also appreciate the fact that people voted for me,” Mokhosi told Public Eye on Monday this week.

She added: “Of course these awards are important because they motivate female sport personalities to keep doing what they do best, which is good for everybody.” She also said: “These kinds of awards can help develop both women and sports as a whole in the country. They can also attract more people into women’s sports, especially sponsors who are hard to come by.”

Local women football, including the top-flight women league dubbed the Super League, is run without sponsorship. The league is solely funded by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) through a subvention from the sports ministry. Mokhosi, 35, who also mentors the Kick4Life ladies team, is a former coach with the women senior national team Mehalalitoe.

During her playing days, among others she had a stint with Tšenola Ladies, Arsenal and Maseru Celtic Ladies. “I started playing football as a child when I was only about seven years old,” she said, adding she used to play plastic balls with boys. She hung her soccer boots up in 2008 when she was with Maseru Celtic and two years later she was appointed assistant coach of the Under-20 women national team.

“I remained in that position until 2015 when I was appointed head coach of Mehalalitoe,” she said. She resigned as Mehalalitoe’s head coach last year after she was appointed a member of the Cosafa Women Committee and match commissioner for Cosafa Women Championships. She first started officiating as a match commissioner during last year’s Cosafa Women Championship which was held in Zimbabwe. Among others, she officiated in a match between Mehalalitoe and Namibia.

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