LABA pins hopes on young boxers
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.