A max­i­mum of two terms in of­fice is enough

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

lo­cal sport has failed to trans­form from am­a­teur to pro­fes­sional mainly be­cause of poor ad­min­is­tra­tion and lead­ers who over­stay in of­fice de­spite their glar­ing short­com­ings.

I mean, three months ago, le­sotho could only man­age three medals at the mul­ti­sport All-africa Games held in Congo when a coun­try like South Africa bagged over 80 ac­co­lades. It’s true that Le­sotho and South Africa are poles apart as far as re­sources are con­cerned but still this dif­fer­ence is just too much for a coun­try that also goes to th­ese games to com­pete and not sim­ply make up the num­bers.

Our na­tional foot­ball team, Likuena, has been even worse, crash­ing out of three com­pe­ti­tions within a space of six months. Likuena were knocked out of the Cosafa tour­na­ment in the group stage, failed to make the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers and also missed out on qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (CHAN) set for Rwanda.

The team has also lost two 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers — against Ethiopia and Al­ge­ria — and it is highly un­likely that they will qual­ify for the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Rwanda.

Well, this has be­come but nor­mal as far as sport is con­cerned in this coun­try, which is why I feel it would make sense that ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers are only in of­fice for a max­i­mum of two, two-year terms.

lim­it­ing their stay in power would en­sure new peo­ple with fresh ideas are brought in be­fore the sit­u­a­tion be­comes a cri­sis.

We have as­so­ci­a­tions whose com­mit­tees have been led by the same faces for so long yet th­ese peo­ple have noth­ing to show for it, apart from ru­ins.

I even feel the on­go­ing in­fight­ing be­tween some of th­ese fat-cats is largely be­cause they hate each other as in­di­vid­u­als and in the end, hurt any progress we could have made as a coun­try.

Some of th­ese sense­less bat­tles have even spilled into the courts of law, all in the name of re­tain­ing those fancy po­si­tions with­out con­sid­er­ing the reper­cus­sions of such ac­tions or if they are the right peo­ple for those posts, in the first place.

One such case in­volves Le­sotho Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (lba) pres­i­dent takatso Ra­makhula, who was re­cently kicked out of the Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC).

this is a man whose as­so­ci­a­tion has not been recog­nised by the le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) since he came to power last year. The com­mis­sion is not happy with the way Ra­makhula and the rest of the LBA mem­bers came to power hence its re­fusal to recog­nise the ex­ec­u­tive.

And be­cause of the feud, the LBA has not been get­ting its an­nual grant from the sports com­mis­sion and in the end, the as­so­ci­a­tion has failed to host tour­na­ments as well as send box­ers for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. The con­se­quence for this fail­ure is that our box­ers can­not qual­ify for big tour­na­ments such as the Olympics.

Yet the sad part about all this is box­ing is the only sport that has al­ways de­liv­ered when it comes to such high-pro­file com­pe­ti­tions.

Moses Kopo won bronze at the 2006 Mel­bourne Com­mon­wealth Games, while Se­phula le­tuka was a bronze medal­ist at the 2002 edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion held in Eng­land, and that’s it, as far as glory is con­cerned for Le­sotho on the big stage.

The point I am try­ing to make is hav­ing the same peo­ple in ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions in our sport al­most al­ways comes at a cost be­cause is­sues end up be­ing per­son­alised.

My sug­ges­tion is that a law should be passed that pro­hibits peo­ple from be­ing in power for more than two terms.

Look­ing at most of th­ese fat-cats run­ning of our sport into the ground, one gets the feel­ing they also know of the dis­ser­vice they are do­ing to this coun­try but sim­ply can’t go be­cause of greed and selfish­ness.

We keep ask­ing our­selves ques­tions but don’t get any an­swers. Will Likuena ever play in the Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nal tour­na­ment in our time? Will our coun­try ever win a medal at the Olympic Games? Th­ese are some of the ques­tions which ev­ery sports fan con­tin­ues to ask but al­ready know­ing the dis­ap­point­ing an­swer.

I re­mem­ber when Egypt failed to qual­ify for the Na­tions Cup a cou­ple of years ago, not only did the coach re­sign be­cause he had let his coun­try down, the en­tire foot­ball fed­er­a­tion also quit in shame.

I am pray­ing and hop­ing the peo­ple we have in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity in this coun­try will have the same de­cency at some point and also re­sign for bring­ing such dis­honor to our coun­try.

You don’t need to wait for your term to end to know you have failed the coun­try. If you and your com­mit­tee can­not de­liver, do the right thing and make way for fresh minds with bet­ter ideas on how to move this coun­try for­ward.

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