Athletes fight for national team places
they are one of the biggest teams in Lesotho, while we are newcomers in the Premiership.”
however, LDF coach, malefetsane Pheko, said the LNIG Top8 The Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) is set to hold a junior track-and-field championship at setsoto stadium on saturday.
The association’s Public Relations Officer, sejanamane maphathe, said the competition would be used to select Lesotho’s representatives in next month’s African Junior Trackand-field Championship scheduled for Addis Ababa in ethiopia.
“We have several international competitions coming up, hence these qualifying tournaments we are holding to make sure our athletes meet the required international standards,” maphathe said.
“We recently held a cross-country championship in Maseru where we identified 12 run- defeat to matlama was now water under the bridge.
According to Pheko, third-placed LDF were hoping to capitalise on second-placed Bantu’s busy sched- ners for national duty, in future.”
maphathe added the association’s focus was currently on building a team for the ethiopia meet and African Youth Championship set for mauritius in April.
“Unfortunately, our challenge at the moment, is funding. We are not sure if we are going to participate in all these races due to lack of finances.”
he continued: “The aim is to have a big pool of athletes in different age-groups and make sure they meet international standards. That way, we will be able to prepare them for competitions such as the All-africa Games and World Athletics Championship that are also coming up later in the year.
“But like i said, funding is our major headache, and hopefully, the situation is going to improve soon.” ule and pacesetters Lioli’s recent struggles. Sixteen fixtures into the 26-match season, Lioli lead the Premiership pack on 39 points followed by Bantu, LDF, LCS, and
meanwhile, maphathe said Tšepang sello, ‘mamakatise mokulubete and Lineo Chaka were among the outstanding athletes during the cross-country championship the LAAA held two weeks ago.
“There is a crop of young talent emerging and i was impressed with what i saw during the cross-country competition. i hope to see more such promise on saturday at the trackand-field championship,” Maphathe said.
however, maphathe lamented age-cheating among the athletes, which he said had become cause for concern.
“We have since learnt that some of the athletes have been lying about their ages. however, we are now working closely with schools to make sure the culprits are flushed out before they do a lot of damage to our development efforts.”
Weekend fixtures at a glance Saturday: matlama v Lmps (Pitso Ground), LDF v Kick4life (ratjomose Barracks), Nyenye rovers v Linare (st monica’s).
Sunday : Lioli v Likila (venue to be decided), mphatlalatsane v Likhopo (st monica’s).
LDF defender Dumane Lethakha (left) tussles for the ball with Kick4life midfielder Adele Ntoya Malanga at LDF Ground in this file picture.
LAAA Spokesperson Sejanamane Maphathe