K4L to focus on youth and women's football
Kick4Life is voluntarily relinquishing the Premier League status of its senior men's team and will instead of play in the lower leagues with an Under 23 men's team
This was said during the club’s media briefing today where the management and the executive committee were addressing members of the media.
Explaining the move, Country Director Motlatsi Nkhahle said: “The college sports governing body in the US, National Collegiate Athletic Association now deems any player that has registered or played in the Lesotho Premier League ineligible to participate in college sports, restricting young men in Lesotho from accessing these life-changing academic scholarships. By dropping out of the Premier League we can continue providing these opportunities for young players."
Adding on what Nkhahle said, Director of Scholar-Academy Maleshoane Mokhathi said Kick4Life will now focus on nurturing talent through the senior women’s side, who remain in the Lesotho Super League, as well as the youth boys and girls teams: “We have so much talent in the country and as Kick4Life, we believe we can do more to change the lives of these young boys and girls. We already have the Academy establishment at Kick4Life where we provide the players with tutoring on academics and character development, and with this direction we are taking now, we are going to be able to reach more young people and unleash their potential."
Nkhahle concluded: "We are fully committed to helping young people in Lesotho to express themselves through the use of football. Kick4Life is here to help change the lives, it has always been our mission, and we continue to stick by it."