Motlojoa brothers flying flag high
SIBBLINGS Kukutla and nathi Motlojoa continue to do the country proud after both qualified for the 2016 african Junior tennis Championship.
Kukutla (18) returned home on Monday from last week’s Under-18 african Junior Championship held in tunisia. although he was knocked out of the main draw by a Moroccan, the elder of the Motlojoa brothers beat a Kenyan and algerian in the backdraw of the competition. Back-draw matches are for players who are defeated in the first round and provide much-needed experience and extra playing time for the players.
on the other hand, nathi (16) is fine-tuning preparations for next month’s Under-16 african Junior Championship to be held in South africa.
Lesotho Lawn tennis association (Llta) public relations officer, Motsi Kakhobwe, has hailed the two brothers for helping the country get recognition as far as tennis is concerned.
“We are very happy for the boys; they are giving us hope as far as international competitions are concerned,” Kakhobwe said this week.
“one of the boys could soon win himself a scholarship to study in the United States of america (US) while also developing his tennis skills.
“We already have Lebelo Mosehle in the US and there is another opportunity for one of our boys which proves that we are moving in the right direction.”
Kakhobwe said the performance of the teenagers does not only help them get recognition worldwide, but also plays a pivotal role in Lesotho getting assistance from the international tennis Federation (itf).
“not only are we proud of the performance of these boys, but they also helps us get assistance from itf,” said Kakhobwe.
“We are busy with programmes to develop young talent so any assistance from the tennis governing body is most welcome.”
Llta president, Kamohelo Hlomisi, echoed Kakhobwe’s sentiments and said he was also happy that even their coaches are getting recognition for the good job they are doing.
Llta coach, Mojalefa Mothibeli, who has been coaching the Motlojoa brothers, has been selected to be part of next month’s Under-16 african Junior Championship.
“this development shows that we are on the right track because even our coach has received recognition,” Hlomisi said.
Meanwhile, tennis was one of the two local sporting codes, alongside boxing, which managed to win medals at the 2015 all-africa Games held in Congo Brazzaville.
However, both were bronze medals which are awarded for a third-place finish.