Vet­eran run­ner pes­simistic ahead of Soweto marathon

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Vet­eran ath­lete, Thabiso Mo­qhali, says he does not fore­see Le­sotho run­ners win­ning Sun­day’s soweto Marathon.

Mo­qhali (48) won a marathon gold medal at the 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games held in Malaysia and would be among a host of Le­sotho ath­letes com­pete in the south african race this week­end.

The Le­sotho group in­cludes Moeketsi Mo­suhli, who won the race in 2008, as well as Lebenya nkoka, who romped home in 2010.

How­ever, Mo­qhali is down­play­ing lo­cal run­ners’ chances in the marathon, whose win­ner takes home M100 000, telling the Le­sotho Times: “It will be very dif­fi­cult to pro­duce a win­ner this time around.

“The only in­form ath­lete is Mot­lokoa nkhabut­lane, but as for the rest of our run­ners, I think their prepa­ra­tions have not been that good.”

ac­cord­ing to Mo­qhali, lack of resources and good coach­ing re­main the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing lo­cal ath­letes.

“I will be com­pet­ing in the vet­er­ans cat­e­gory, but I think I could do bet­ter if I had more time to train,” said Mo­qhali.

“But that is very dif­fi­cult be­cause I’m em­ployed and have no time to fo­cus on ath­let­ics.

“The same goes for the other run­ners and as a re­sult, don’t get good coach­ing, which I feel is the ma­jor prob­lem in our coun­try.

“I have tried to coach a few ath­letes I feel have the po­ten­tial to do well, but un­for­tu­nately, due to work com­mit­ments, it is very dif­fi­cult to be fully com­mit­ted to them.”

Mo­qhali also feels the group of lo­cal run­ners who have dom­i­nated south african races over the years are ageing and that there is a need to in­tro­duce young blood.

“We are at a stage when we have to groom young run­ners, but the prob­lem is lack of full­time coaches.

“I have been work­ing and coach­ing a few young run­ners such as Mole­bo­heng Mafata, who I feel will be at their best in two years’ time. But like I said, I have not been able to con­cen­trate on the coach­ing be­cause of other com­mit­ments.”

Thabiso Mo­qhali.

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