Mot­lo­joa brothers fly­ing flag high

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

Kukutla Mot­lo­joa

le­belo Mosehle

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