Tsi­bela, Ra­bale win big at sports awards

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THIRTEEN year-old mid­dle dis­tance run­ner, Man­qa­bang Tsi­bela stole the show at the Le­sotho An­nual Sport Awards in Maseru last Satur­day where she scooped the best new­comer and best ju­nior fe­male ath­lete awards.

Tsi­bela was hon­oured for her im­pres­sive show­ing at last year’s Con­fed­er­a­tion of School Sports As­so­ci­a­tions of South­ern Africa (COSSASA) and African Union Sports Coun­cil (AUSC) Games in Namibia and An­gola re­spec­tively.

She won gold in the 1500 and 3000 me­tres.

Bloem­fontein Celtic and Me­ha­lal­i­toe cap­tain, Boi­tumelo Ra­bale scooped the big­gest award on the night, the Sports Star of the Year.

Ra­bale beat other nom­i­nees namely, Itume­leng Maseatile (dance) Phetetso Monese (cy­cling) Toka Bad­boy, Tšepang Sello (ath­let­ics) and Te­boho Khantsi (cy­cling).

The left footed former Le­sotho Women Su­per League top goal scorer was de­lighted with the award, say­ing it showed that her hard work was fi­nally be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated.

“I am so happy to have won this award be­cause I was com­pet­ing with ath­letes who are very strong in their dis­ci­plines and I feel very hon­oured,” Ra­bale said.

“This shows that I am a good player and with­out com­mit­ment, dis­ci­pline and pas­sion I wouldn’t have achieved all this,” said last year’s player of the sea­son and top goal scorer at Celtic.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder said such awards could have been the miss­ing in­gre­di­ent in lo­cal sports and ex­pressed confidence that this would mo­ti­vate ath­letes to work harder in their sport­ing codes.

Mean­while, Le­sotho Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (LAAA) spokesper­son Se­jana­mane Maphathe heaped praises on Tsi­bela, say­ing with proper care, she had the po­ten­tial to be­come a world beater.

“I can’t say I was sur­prised that she stole the show look­ing at her pre­vi­ous per­for­mances, she is a good ath­lete and a di­a­mond that needs to be taken good care of by this coun­try be­cause she has a po­ten­tial of be­com­ing a world class ath­lete,” Maphathe told the Le­sotho Times.

“Her wel­fare needs to be taken care of and she needs to be taken to train­ing camps in coun­tries such as Ethiopia and Kenya that are dom­i­nant in long dis­tances.

“There are cer­tain ar­eas that she needs to work on, for an exam- ple, she still runs bare­foot with­out train­ing shoes so she needs to be trained on the ba­sics so that this doesn’t be­come a bar­rier in fu­ture,” Maphathe said.

The 2017 LASA full list of win­ners: Ju­nior Fe­male- Man­qa­bang Tsi­bela

Ju­nior Male- Toka Bad­boy Male Sports Per­son with a Dis­abil­ity- Bo­lae Lekoetje Fe­male Sports per­son with a dis­abil­ity- Lit­sitso Khotlele Vol­un­teer- Fako Ma­supha New­comer- Man­qa­bang Tsi­bela Sports­man- Phetetso Monese Sportswoman- Tšepang Sello Ad­min­is­tra­tor-sekhoane Moshabe­sha

Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion- Fed­er­a­tion of Dance­s­port Le­sotho Coach- Se­bu­siso Keketsi Ref­eree- Moshoeshoe Mo­lapo Sports Team- 2016 COSSASA U13 Foot­ball Team Sports School- Le­qele High School Sports Star- Boi­tumelo Ra­bale Sports Show- PC FM Sports Show Sports Jour­nal­ist- Thapelo Mabote

SPORTS LEGACY Chap­lin Sechele Bishop Mo­la­toli Lim­pho Mokhochane Tsitso Marumo Pitso Mosothoane Nkali­meng Makhube

boi­tumelo Ra­bale (left) re­ceives her Sports Star of the Year award from Min­is­ter Mathi­beli Mokhothu.

Man­qa­bang Tsi­bela (left) re­ceives her award from Le­sotho Flour Mills Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Bofihla Nneko.

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