Lesotho team snatch eight medals

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Lesotho delegation from Botswana COSSASA games 

Lesotho grabs eight medals in Confederation of School Sports Association of Southern Africa (COSSASA) games in Botswana.

 

MANQABANG TSIBELA
Manqabang Tsibela

They snatched four gold, two silver and two bronze in the track and field games which took place from May, 5 to 11 2018.

 

As a result Lesotho appeared in the fifth position.

Five countries participated in COSSASA games. The leading country is Namibia followed by Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

Manqabang Tsibela broke the record on 1,500 and 800 meters respectively and went away with her two gold medals at under 15 categories.

Semoko Thebe showed his capability when he won 3000 meters in under 15 category too.

Under 13 warrior Mofolo Kamohelo grabbed the fourth gold medal.

Molefe Tanki and Shakhane Mokotla got silver in 1,500 and 200 meters under 13 category.

Mbele Qhojeng and Hlompho Letele grabbed bronze for 1,500 and 800 meters respectively.

In the press conference held at Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission offices head of delegation and President of Lesotho Sports Institutions Association (LISA) Caswell Moru said there were many challenges encountered by the delegation.

Moru said there were no funds at the beginning, but their problem was solved at long last.

He mentioned that because of shortage of funds their accommodation was not up to standard as compared to other countries.

“We should invest in the sport, gone are days whereby sports are said to be entertainment.

“We have to take an advantage of high altitude”, said Moru.

Moru indicated that the Ministry of Education should see to it that all schools engage in sporting activities.

He added that it is the responsibility of LSRC to produce more athletes in order to get many medals in the events of this nature.

Moru thanked the sponsorship which was availed by Bokamoso FM to Lesotho team.

Coaches Bobby Justice Mapheko and Nomasondo Seleke showed that the team worked hard in unpleasant situation.

They said the fact that they brought four gold medals home is a great achievement to Lesotho.

“Players did not have time to camp, hence they were not equipped with tactics of play, as a result others were disqualified”, said the coaches.

They said more children need to be encouraged to be involved in sports.

Mapheko and Nomasondo showed that other countries brought 250 children in Botswana, while there were about 50 from Lesotho.

As a result, these countries participated in many categories, consequently high possibilities of wining many medals.

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