Ten­nis duo win Le­sotho’s sec­ond medal in Congo

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Le­sotho’s ten­nis dou­bles team of Le­belo Mosehle ( pic­tured) and Bishop Mosebi on Mon­day this week won the coun­try’s sec­ond medal at the on-go­ing All-africa Games in Braz­zav­ille, Congo.

Boxer Moroke Mokhotho was the first to win a medal for team Le­sotho, get­ting bronze last week af­ter los­ing in the semi­fi­nal to a tu­nisian op­po­nent.

Amer­ica-based Mosehle and Mosebi then scooped yet another bronze to make it two medals for the 27-mem­ber squad com­pris­ing box­ers, lawn and ten­nis play­ers, ath­letes with dis­abil­i­ties and taek­wondo prac­ti­tion­ers.

Le­sotho Lawn ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, Kamo­h­elo hlomisi, said there was al­ways hope that ten­nis would get “some­thing” out of the mul­ti­sport, four-yearly con­ti­nen­tal Games.

hlomisi on tues­day told the Le­sotho Times: “this win is great mo­ti­va­tion for us, as an as­so­ci­a­tion, to put more ef­fort in help­ing the sport grow.

“We are very happy and hon- oured with the per­for­mance of the two play­ers and be­lieve there is still a lot to come from them.”

how­ever, hlomisi noted the play­ers had not played in many tour­na­ments be­fore head­ing to the Congo, which was a set­back for them go­ing into such a crit­i­cal cham­pi­onship.

“the prob­lem for us is hav­ing com­pet­i­tive matches for our play­ers be­cause ten­nis is be­ing played in Maseru only,” said hlomisi.

“the only time our play­ers com­pete is when they play against each other. We are work­ing hard to im­prove the sport and this medal is a good sign for the sport go­ing for­ward.”

Khemisi fur­ther said the as­so­ci­a­tion would be work­ing on con­struct­ing more ten­nis courts in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try to en­sure a wider player-base.

“the plan is to go big­ger and have ten­nis in three to fourth more dis­tricts so that we cre­ate more com­pe­ti­tion for our play­ers,” Khemisi said.

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