Mohoanyane new LSRC president
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