Team Le­sotho de­parts for con­ti­nen­tal show­piece

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Miki­aMi Kalati

le­sotho’sLES 43-mem­ber team left the coun­trycou last night for the 11th edi­tion of the all-africaal­lGames sched­uled for 4-19 Septem­bertem in Congo-braz­zav­ille.

headh of del­e­ga­tion, Moipone Mashale ( pi pic­tured), was in con­fi­dent mood as she toldto the Le­sotho Times that the team would “def­i­nitely do the coun­try proud” be­cause of its thor­ough prepa­ra­tions.

“i left home a few days ear­lier to pre­pare for their ar­rival. i needed to make sure that things such as ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­cred­i­ta­tion as well as train­ing fa­cil­i­ties are in place be­fore the team comes,” Mashale said from Braz­zav­ille on tues­day. man­age 14th place which i feel is not that bad. there is room for him to im­prove and i be­lieve he will do far much bet­ter at the all-africa

“Like I said be­fore, I have con­fi­dence in our team be­cause we se­lected ath­letes who have done well in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tion and will be com­ing here to com­pete and not to add to the num­bers.”

hold­ing a send-off cer­e­mony juts be­fore the team’s de­par­ture could also in­spire the ath­letes, Mashale noted. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony held at Vic­to­ria ho­tel on Satur­day, the ath­letes were ad­dressed by the Min­is­ter of Gen­der, Youth, Sports and Recre­ation, Mathe­beli Mokhothu who urged them to rep­re­sent le­sotho with pride at the qua­dren­nial, mul­ti­sport event.

“of course, it’s al­ways a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor to have an im­por­tant fig­ure such as a min­is­ter ad­dress­ing ath­letes ahead of a big sport­ing event,” Mashale said. Games. He is go­ing to fly from China to Braz­zav­ille di­rect and like i said, i can fore­see him do­ing bet­ter in this up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion.”

“the other pos­i­tive thing was that the ath­letes went through in­ten­sive train­ing dur­ing their later stage of prepa­ra­tions, which means they are ready for the com­pe­ti­tion. i be­lieve this was a mas­sive boost for them and helped to im­prove their shape ahead of this very cru­cial tour­na­ment.

“We did the best we could to make sure the ath­letes are ready for the Games, hence my con­fi­dence that they will fly the coun­try’s flag high in Congo.”

Mean­while, le­sotho would be com­pet­ing in taek­wondo, box­ing, ten­nis, ath­let­ics and sports for the vis­ually im­paired.

le­sotho won three bronze medals—two in ath­let­ics and one box­ing—at the 2011 edi­tion of the Games held in Ma­puto, Mozam­bique.

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