Tennis team bemoans shoddy preps
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.