Lesotho appoints Jelušiċ as new national team coach
The Lesotho Football Association has announced the appointment of Serbian born Veseline Jelušiċ as the new head coach of their men’s National teams on a two-year-contract.
The 62-year-old, who has been working in Africa since 1992, coaching in countries such as Angola, Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia was among over 100 coaches that had applied for the Lesotho coaching job.
He takes over the coaching reins from the Lesotho Football Association Technical Director Leslie Notsi, who has been temporarily in charge of the team since the departure of Thabo Senong.
“It is my great honour and pleasure to be chosen to be the coach of the Lesotho National team and I would like to give my promise, that I will do my best to contribute to the achievements and goals of the Lesotho Football Association,” the Serbian born coach said.
“I know the country has limitations in terms of players playing in professional leagues as we get to play against top countries in the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers, but that does not matter, and we will always give our best to make the country proud.”
The Serbian first challenge as the new Lesotho coach, will be the next month Total Energies 2023 Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back preliminary round qualifiers against Seychelles.
“We respect each opponent irrespective of their FIFA ranking and we will give Seychelles the respect it deserves because they are a tough opponent, but we fight for results in the field of play,” the new Lesotho coach stated.
“We will not underestimate any opponents because we know they have caused upsets in the past and we will not make any mistake.
“Part of our strategic is to focus on young players and introduce them to the senior team. They are the future and should be given a chance to develop and grow,” he said.