Lesotho dis­ap­points on home soil

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Lesotho In­sti­tute of Sports As­so­ci­a­tions (LISA) Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Te­boho Pholo, has down­played the coun­try’s dis­mal show­ing at the re­cent Con­fed­er­a­tions of School Sports As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Africa (COSSASA) games were the team fin­ished last out of five coun­tries.

Botswana were crowned over­all cham­pi­ons of the ball games which fea­tured netball, football and bas­ket­ball among oth­ers.

Zim­babwe were run­ners-up, while Namibia and South Africa fin­ished third and fourth re­spec­tively in the games that ended on Sun­day.

Pholo told this pub­li­ca­tion that de­spite fail­ing to win any gold on home soil, there were still “a lot of pos­i­tives to take home”.

“Start­ing with the host­ing of the tour­na­ment, I think ev­ery­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan though we had a few prob­lems there and there,” Pholo said.

Pholo also said their netball team also did well by get­ting bronze de­spite its rep­u­ta­tion as min­nows.

“There was a big im­prove­ment with our netball team and we shocked the likes of Zim­babwe and Namibia who al­ways got the bet­ter of us in the past.

“The per­for­mance of the volleyball team was also good and it’s only our bas­ket­ball team that strug­gled. I think this was due to their height and it is some­thing that works against us and we need to find an­swers.

“But there is hope and I be­lieve there were a lot of pos­i­tives to take for­ward,” he said.

He said with­out elab­o­rat­ing that there were ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems that con­trib­uted to the football team’s fail­ure to de­fend their ti­tle.

He how­ever, said the re­sults were not a ma­jor con­cern as the games were part of the strat­egy of de­vel­op­ing fu­ture tal­ent.

“The games proved that we have the tal­ent as a coun­try but what mat­ters is that we have the re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties to help the young­sters be­come fin­ished ar­ti­cles.

“We need to con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tor their progress through the dif­fer­ent stages of their growth.

“That is why it is also im­por­tant for the as­so­ci­a­tions and the gov­ern­ment to work to­gether,” he said.

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