Notši rel­ishes new chal­lenge

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati Mikia Kalati

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.

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