THE lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) will host their regional counterparts in the four-day inter Power Games which begin today.
the Games, which are an annual event hosted alternately by six companies, are aimed at sharing ideas, discussing and debating emerging issues in the energy sector.
according to a statement released by the LEC this week, the Games are also a way of socialising and improving wellness amongst employees.
teams from Botswana, Namibia, South africa and Swaziland would be competing against their lesotho counterparts in various sporting codes such as football, netball, volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis, chess, pool, golf, athletics, darts and tug-of-war. the games will be played simultaneously at lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre, Bambatha Sports arena and Setsoto Stadium.
“other activities to take place during the games are the ladies Cultural Exchange Event where ladies from various countries will showcase their cultural performances as well as the Professional Category where professionals will debate on emerging issues and the winning Company will be awarded prizes,” the LEC noted in the statement.
Energy and Meteorology Minister Selibe Mochoboroane will officiate the opening ceremony at Setsoto Stadium on Friday morning, while the closing ceremony is set for thaba-bosiu Cultural Village on Saturday.
“over 800 participants are expected to arrive in Maseru on thursday from utility companies in Botswana, Namibia, South africa and Swaziland. in lesotho, both LEC and the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) will participate in the Games,” the LEC added in the statement.
“the inter Power Games have a long history extending from the year 1996, and ever since, the games have rotated between the countries on an annual basis. last year the games were hosted by the Botswana Power Corporation.” National team interim coach, Moses Maliehe, was in high spirits this week ahead of Saturday’s 2017 africa Cup of Nations (afcon) qualifier against the Seychelles away in Victoria.
This will be Maliehe’s first official match in charge of likuena and the Matlama mentor was unfazed by the almost insurmountable task he faces in taking lesotho to the ‘Promised land’ of Gabon next year.
Winless lesotho go into the match bottom of four-team Group J, which also comprises leaders algeria, second-placed Ethiopia and the Seychelles.
algeria have won all their two matches and are favourites to win the group and automatically qualify for the final Afcon tournament in Gabon early next year, while Ethiopia have won one match and drawn one, with the Seychelles losing one and drawing one of their fixtures.
But Maliehe is looking ahead and not at what happened when his predecessor, Seephephe Matete, was still in charge.
What only appears to bother the coach is the time his charges would spend on the road before their next match against the same islanders at Setsoto Stadium next tuesday.
likuena left for the Seychelles yesterday and are expected home on Sunday.
“From here, we will drive to Johannesburg, fly to Dubai, and then take a connecting flight to the Seychelles. that’s a long trip before such a crucial tie but we have to do the job and also be ready for the return leg next week,” Maliehe said.
“We will go there with one thing in our minds, and that is to win the game because i have confidence in the players I have picked for the two match.”
Maliehe has selected a relatively new squad to the one used by Matete. the team was also boosted by Monday morning’s arrival of America-based midfielder Jane ‘Sunny’ tšotleho.
the coach also added lioli goalkeeper, Kananelo Makhooane, to his original squad which had Liteboho Mokhehle and Daniel Jousse as the two stoppers.
Maliehe was happy with his squad’s preparations.
“i think we have covered alll the areas we needed to address since we started arted with this group late last year. What is left ft now is for us to do our country proud in thesehese qualifiers. like i said, we have a chancee to qualify as one of the two best runners-up up but for this to happen, we need to win all our remaining four qualifiers.”
For his part, america-basedd Jane ‘Sunny’ tšotleho said he was honouredd to be back in the national team after an eight-monthght-month absence.
the 24-year-old was part off the likuena squad that played at the regional onal Cosafa tournament held in South africa frica last year.
“it is always an honour to bee part of likuena and i will give my bestest to make sure the team performs well in the two matches,” tšotleho said.
“i arrived a bit tired after the long trip from the States, butut i will surely be ready for the weekeekend game.
“the good thing for me is i had a chance to be in camp with thishis group while I was here in Decemmber,” he said.
Full squad Goalkeepers: Daniel Joussesse (LCS), liteboho Mokhehle (lioli),oli), Kananelo Makhooane (lioli).
Defenders: Kopano tseka, Basia Makepe, Bokang Sello, Mafa Moremoholo (all lioli), Nkesi Rankhasa (Matlama) Sepiriti Malefane (Bantu).
MIDFIELDERS: Jerry Kamela, mela, Hlompho Kalake (Bantu), Kefuoe Mahula, Jane thabantšo,tšo, Phafa tsosane (all Matlama),ma), Jane ‘Sunny’ tšotleho (Richmond ond Kicker, US).
Strikers: Motlalepula Chabeli, beli, thabiso Brown (both Kick4life,life, lehlomela Ramabele (likhopo), opo), tumelo Khutlang (lioli).
LIKUENA interim coach Moses Maliehe