Maseru - Women’s football in Lesotho seems to be growing rapidly and one of the reasons could be that it is led by people who are competent like the current president of the Lesotho National Women’s Football Committee, Puseletso Mokhosi, who also doubles the national women’s football national team ‘Mehalalitoe’ coach.
The 34 year-old president and soccer coach is no newcomer to the game as she told Informative sport that in her childhood days she played soccer with boys’ teams and that it was only in 1995 that she started to play for a girls’ only team named Tsenola FC. This was the beginning of a long professional career in women’s football.
In 1999 she played for Arsenal Ladies FC before she went on to play for National University of Lesotho (NUL) ladies soccer club in 2001. From NUL ladies she moved to Maseru Celtic ladies in 2003.
On top of that Mokhosi disclosed that she had been playing in the senior national team since in 1999 until she got some injuries and retired as player in 2006 after the Cosafa tournament held in Lusaka, Zambia.
This football loving Mosotho woman had quite number of excellent records on duty while in the national team. In 1998 she was selected to the women’s national team that played Mozambique at the Setsoto Stadium and she was the youngest player then and in 2006 she represented Lesotho in the Cosafa Cup in Zambia.
Moreover, in 2010 she was appointed assistant coach of the national Under 20 women’s team until in 2011 when Mehalalitoe got assembled to participate in the 2011 Cosafa cup in Zimbabwe.
In 2011 the national U20 women’s team was featured in the U20 World Cup preliminary qualifying stage against Kenya. Lesotho lost 2-0 in the first leg (away) and drew 2-all in the second leg (home) and Mokhosi said it was an amazing experience and a great exposure to international games for her.
Mokhosi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and she is working in the Ministry of Employment and Labour but she said her wish is to work in the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sport and Recreation where she can interact with the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) or any other sports organisation to further her career.
In addition to that, she also has Lefa Level 1 coaching certificate and two certificates of attendance from the Women Coaching Instructors’ course in Ethiopia and Cameroon in 2012. In the same year she was also honoured to attend and present a topic during the ‘Fifa Introductory course for women in sport’ that was facilitated by Jackie Chipenga (Fifa and Caf coaches’ instructor) held in Lesotho.
In April 2014, she again attended the Women Coaching Instructors’ course in Cameroon and got a certificate of attendance and a Caf coaching B licence. Last year she attended and graduated from a Caf refresher course for the Elite Women Instructors which was held in Cameroon from the 19th to the 22nd November and now she is looking ahead to get an A license.
“My greatest wish is to see more women in soccer doing things like coaching and administration and to see more women’s soccer competitions locally and internationally” said Mokhosi.