Football is the oldest and most popular sport in Lesotho
, and is enjoyed by 80% of those who play sport. Football receives the lion's share of the modest amount of funding provided by the country's government, and is therefore the sport the most likely to be able to unite the country, which is made up of various religions and political beliefs. The national team's greatest successes have been achieved in the regional COSAFA Cup (confederation of South African football associations). They reached the Final in 2000 by defeating Zambia and Angola, as well as the quarter-finals 12 months earlier. Styles Phumo is the most famous name in the history of football in Lesotho
. He was the first homegrown coach to take over the reins of the national team, as the national association previously had a policy of hiring coaches from abroad. In 1998, he was appointed coach of Celtics FC in South Africa. He is currently the assistant coach of the South African national team.