Notši relishes new challenge
SPRINT king Mosito Lehata wants nothing but a place in the final at the World Athletics Championship which gets underway in Beijing, China, on Saturday.
Lehata left his Mauritius base on Tuesday and says he has never felt better-prepared.
“I’m always ready and motivated to fly my country’s flag high. One must always be ready for such competitions,” Lehata said.
“I hope to make it to the final and I think it’s possible, but everything is in the hands of God the Almighty.”
Lehata, who slightly missed out on a medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, highlighted the “hard work” he put into his preparations for the glamour tournament which attracts the world’s best athletes.
“I have no injury worries and I’m going there hoping to make a mark and fight to be counted among the best,” said Lehata.
“I have been taking good care of myself and am in very good condition after competing in a number of International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League races across europe in recent months.
“It’s been a good experience run- ning against top athletes and that gave me an idea of what to expect at the World Championship.
“I also participated in the 2013 edition of the championship hosted by Russia, where I reached the semifinals so the goal is to go one place higher this time around.”
The 26-year-old 100 and 200 metre specialist is also expected to take part in next month’s AllAfrica Games in Brazzaville, Congo, while he has already booked a place at the Olympic Games set for Brazil next year.
Lehata has been based at a high-performance training centre in Mauritius since 2011 under an Olympic solidarity sponsorship. FORMER national team coach, Leslie notši (pictured), is delighted with his new challenge at South African national First Division (NFD) side Mthatha Bucks.
Bucks get their 2015/16 campaign underway with a home match against Cape Town’s Vasco Da Gama on Sunday.
notši told the Lesotho Times this week that although he has just joined the Eastern Cape side, he is confident his charges would do well judging from their few preseason games.
“We have just come back from a trip to Durban where we played fellow NFD side Amazulu and premier league outfit Golden Arrows,” notši said.
“We lost 2-1 to Amazulu in the first match before winning 3-1 inn the second game. We then drew 3-33 against Golden Arrows on Sunday.y.
“Coming to a new team alwaysys has its expectations. The manageement here is very ambitious andd the players have shown the hunger er to succeed and if they can maintainn this level of determination, thenn nothing will stop us from being succcessful.”
The former Lioli and Matlama a coach said his target was ensuringg Bucks retain their NDF status.
“I’m really looking forward too the challenge and the responsee I have received so far from thee players is very promising because character within the team is very important for a coach to succeed.”
notši also said he wants to maintain the momentum after Mthatha Bucks’s promotion to the first division this season.
Regarding the duration of hisis contract, notši said he was yet to finalise the deal as the main priority was on the players who have got to be registered before the season roars to life at the weekend.
“We have agreed a deal in principle, although I’m yet to put pen to paper. I am the one who compiled the list of players who will be registered for the new season. I can say the machine is already rolling,” he said.
The 51-year-old ex-matlama keeper further said he was aware of the hard task ahead as he was in the NFD before with Garankuwa United. After failing to produce the required results, notši had to leave United midseason last year and later joined Bantu here at home as a technical advisor.
“We have to do well in our home matches starting with the opening tie against Vasco on Sunday. “I’m quite confident we will do well especially aft after our promising p performance in lastla weekend’s frien friendly games again against Golden Arro Arrows and Amazul Amazulu,” added notši.
Mosito Lehata (right) competes in the 200 metre event in this file picture.