LABA pins hopes on young box­ers

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LE­SOTHO Ama­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (LABA) is back­ing a group of young box­ers to do the coun­try proud at the De­cem­ber Supreme Coun­cil for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Un­der-20 Youth Games set for An­gola.

LABA pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Phello Sofe, this week told the Le­sotho Times the six namely, Tl­ho­h­elo Mokhesi (47kg), Ta­boos Ran­thamane (49kg), Pho­molo Len­gola (52kg), Sehloka Sehloka (56kg), Mo­hau Tsie (60kg) and Arena Pakela (75kg) had the po­ten­tial to fol­low in the foot­steps of Moroke Mokhotho and Inku­l­uleko Sun­tele who rep­re­sented Le­sotho in this year’s Olympic games that were held in Brazil.

“They have the po­ten­tial to achieve big­ger things than what the duo (Mokhotho and Sun­tele) have ac­com­plished in re­cent years,” Sofe said.

“My con­fi­dence comes from hav­ing worked with them when they were much younger and know­ing they have been do­ing very well”.

“We have al­ready taken them to five com­pe­ti­tions in South Africa and they will go for the sixth one be­fore the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in An­gola.”

Sofe said they could de­velop into world class box­ers and win medals at the next Olympic Games if they were ex­posed to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions while they were still un­der the age of 20.

“They are dis­ci­plined, hun­gry to suc­ceed and want to com­pete at the Olympics.

“If they could be ex­posed to big com­pe­ti­tions abroad at this ten­der age in or­der to learn and be­come bet­ter box­ers, they could sur­pass what we have achieved over the years.

“They are learn­ing from those that came be­fore them and have re­alised that with hard work, any­thing is pos­si­ble,” he said.

He said the box­ers had been train­ing hard for the re­gional games since May and it is “our hope is that they will bring the coun­try gold medals”.

Re­tired boxer Thabiso Nketu and Me­shack Let­soepa have been coach­ing the box­ers.

Inku­l­uleko Sun­tele (left) and Moroke Mokhotho rep­re­sented Le­sotho at the 2016 Rio olympics.

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