Lesotho mourns football icon Seephephe ‘Mochine’ Matete
The Lesotho Football Association is mourning the untimely death of legendary former national team player and coach Seephephe Matete, who was affectionately known, as ‘Mochine’.
Matete, who served LeFA in different portfolios over the years, is regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have graced the football fields in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
His football career also took him to South Africa, where he played in the mines and for Bloemfontein Celtic.
Matete will also be remembered as the first coach to qualify the Lesotho national team to a CAF competition, when he along with Mr. Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, led the National U-20 (Makoanyane XI), to the then African Youth Championship held in Benin in 2005.
He has also worked for LeFA as the Technical Director and was one of the country’s first CAF Coach Instructors .
Matete had been scheduled to be one of the Instructors for the ongoing CAF A License Coaching Course, which commenced in October but had to be replaced at the eleventh hour due to health concerns.
“We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the football fraternity at large. Words cannot express how saddened we are to lose this icon,” ,” LeFA said in statement.
“We wish the family comfort, courage and lots of love as we all mourn our legend. He will be remembered for his bubbly personality and passion for the beautiful game. May his soul rest in peace.”