Former Deputy President of Berea District Football Association (DiFA)Thabaneng Lekhooa won the presidential post, defeating his premier Mthoalo Mthoalo last Saturday.
He is the founder and president of the Berea Ladies football club and currently serves as the deputy president within the Women’s Super League (WSL) executive committee under president Baholo Motene.
He won the DiFA Berea presidential post by securing 92 votes to 23 of his only challenger.
Lekhooa had made an official announcement to challenge the incumbent president Mthoalo on April 1, 2021 after consulting with his football constituencies.
In an interview with Newsday Sport, Lekhooa expressed his satisfaction and happiness over his victory saying he is ready to take Berea football forward.
“I am so happy to have secured this victory; it gives me a lot of satisfaction knowing that there are a lot of people who have so much trust in me from my district.
“The real work is only about to begin and I am looking forward to taking football in my district to greater heights. It is time that we retain our position as one of the best districts in terms of producing the best footballers,” he said.
He mentioned that one of his priorities is to unite the Berea football administrators, “because they all have one objective.”
“My number one priority is to make sure that I do away with factionalism or camps in the administration of football in the district because we all have on objective which is to see the sport grow. I know it is going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it.”
Since his active role in the ranks of DiFA Berea, Lekhooa has managed to help grow and popularise the sport in the district through introduction of different tournaments as well as proper management of his team.
For these reasons and even before elections, there were signs that he was going to win the elections with a landslide, however, he said he believes his work has been his biggest campaign.
Outlining his plans, the newly elected president indicated that he would be meeting the president of the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA), Advocate Salemane Phafane KC, to discuss issues around the construction of a DiFA Berea stadium.
“I have already been provided with land by the chief and the plan is to make sure that by the end of my term, there is already a stadium being erected, so I will be meeting with president Phafane to discuss this,” he said.
Lekhooa further noted that he plans on enhancing coaches from the district and getting them the right qualifications, and to also introduce proper administrators in the clubs.