Mo­hoanyane new LSRC pres­i­dent

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LE­SOTHO Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) Vice-pres­i­dent Khiba Mo­hoanyane is the new Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) pres­i­dent fol­low­ing elec­tions that were held on 31 Jan­uary 2016.

Sports ad­min­is­tra­tor and coach Caswell Moru deputises Mo­hoanyane, while LSRC CEO Kholang Mokalanyane is the new sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Mo­hoanyane made the list of 17 com­mis­sion­ers who voted for the LSRC’S new five mem­ber ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in the se­cond phase of the elec­tions on Mon­day. He re­placed Lim­pho Mokhochane who served two terms af­ter tak­ing the LSRC reins in 2010.

Mo­hoanyane, who is also the pres­i­dent of the Leribe District Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, told the Le­sotho Times this week that he would be guided by the LSRC’S op­er­a­tional blue­print.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that the com­mis­sion has a strate­gic plan which is their op­er­a­tional roadmap,” he said.

“The strate­gic plan was writ­ten with the di­rec­tion and guid­ance of all the mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion, so all that is needed is for it to be im­ple­mented.”

The new LSRC boss said his main fo­cus would be on im­prov­ing the per­for­mance of Le­sotho teams in ma­jor sport­ing events.

“I think the main chal­lenge has been lack of proper prepa­ra­tions when ap­proach­ing com­pe­ti­tions or ma­jor sport­ing events,” said Mo­hoanyane.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that our teams have al­ways been par­tic­i­pat­ing and not com­pet­ing.

“This is some­thing that needs to change and we can only com­pete when prepa­ra­tions are good.”

He added: “Our teams and ath­letes should be tried and tested be­fore they com­pete in ma­jor events. That means get- ting reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion against qual­ity op­po­nents to weigh their level in terms of prepa­ra­tions.”

LEFA Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mokhosi Mo­hapi wel­comed Mo­hoanyane’s elec­tion, say­ing it was “an hon­our” for their vice-pres­i­dent to be elected to lead the sport mother body.

“We are happy that our vice-pres­i­dent was elected to the pres­i­dency. It’s an hon­our in­deed to the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion,” Mo­hapi said.

“The elec­tion sig­ni­fies an im­por­tant era in sport where the ma­jor sport fed­er­a­tions have a plat­form to present some of the chal­lenges they are fac­ing.

“As LEFA, we value sport and not just foot­ball. That is why we hope that Mo­hoanyane will rep­re­sent the sport fra­ter­nity well, with­out prej­u­dice to the small as­so­ci­a­tions and with­out prej­u­dice to those who were on the op­po­site side dur­ing the cam­paign­ing process.”

He ex­pressed hope that Mo­hoanyane would use sport as a cat­a­lyst for na­tional peace.

“The coun­try is go­ing through a rough pe­riod, and it is through sport that we can save our na­tion,” he said.

“Be­ing elected into a po­si­tion of this stature does not mean one should be aloof and en­joy the perks of the po­si­tion. On the con­trary, it means hard work, long nights ad­dress­ing sport is­sues; it means ded­i­ca­tion and sac­ri­fice.

“Ul­ti­mately, it means one has to strive to leave a last­ing legacy for the fed­er­a­tions and mem­o­ries of a truly com­mit­ted sport­ing fra­ter­nity that out­siders would want to be part of.”

New LSRC com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent: Khiba Mo­ho­nyane, Vice-pres­i­dent: Caswell Moru, Trea­surer: Bahlakoane Shelile, Vice-sec­re­tary: Lim­pho Rakoto, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer: Re­filoe Maphal­lela.

new LSRC pres­i­dent Khiba Mo­hoanyane

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