Ten­nis team be­moans shoddy preps

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE na­tional ten­nis team has be­moaned the lack of match prac­tice ahead of next week’s Africa Union Sports Coun­cil (AUSC) Zone five Youth Games in An­gola.

The games are sched­uled to run from 3 to 19 De­cem­ber.

Team man­ager Lefa Mafane this week told the Le­sotho Times that while the team had done its best in the cir­cum­stances, lack of funds had pre­vented them from test­ing them­selves in com­pet­i­tive match sit­u­a­tions.

“We did ev­ery­thing in our power to en­sure the ath­letes are in good shape for the AUSC games but un­for­tu­nately we failed to get money in time from the Le­sotho Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion to en­able them to have prac­tice matches,” said Mafane, who is also a Le­sotho Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber.

“Only Neo Makhetha played in a Free State mini-se­ries tour­na­ment to get into good shape, but the same can­not be said of col­leagues Kekeletso Moseme and Manyama Maisa who only worked with their coach with­out be­ing tested in a game.

De­spite the chal­lenges, Mafane ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the team of four would do well in An­gola.

He said United States-based star Kukutla Mot­lo­joa was prob­a­bly in the best shape as he had ac­cess to bet­ter re­sources.

“Mot­lo­joa will only con­nect with the team in Luanda, but he has pre­pared very well in Amer­ica and is in good shape to fight for his coun­try,” Mafane said.

Ten­nis has been on the rise in the coun­try over the last two years and the dou­bles team of Le­belo Mosehle and Bishop Mosebi won a bronze medal at last year’s All Africa Games held in Braz­zav­ille, Congo.

The ten­nis team is cur­rently in camp at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena ahead of their de­par­ture for An­gola on Mon­day along with the rest of Team Le­sotho.

ten­nis star Kukutla Mot­lo­joa.

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