LISA chal­lenges na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tions

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LE­SOTHO In­sti­tu­tions Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (LISA) Pres­i­dent, Caswell Moru, has urged the na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tions to as­sist in giv­ing teach­ers ad­e­quate train­ing in coach­ing to help im­prove the level of sport in schools.

Moru said this af­ter the three day Copa Coca Cola foot­ball fi­nal at Set­soto Sta­dium which was won by Hlotse High School who beat Itekeng 2-1 on Sun­day.

A fort­night ago LISA held ball games fi­nals at Le­sotho High School Grounds where dif­fer­ent schools com­peted in foot­ball, vol­ley­ball, netball and basketball among oth­ers.

The former Bantu coach said al­though the games were part of de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives, this was com­pro­mised by the use of per­son­nel who lacked the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise.

“We still face chal­lenges be­cause we don’t have enough trained per­son­nel to coach these kids and if only our na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions could help with coach­ing cour­ses for teach­ers then things can be bet­ter,” Moru said.

“They are sup­port­ing us but it is not enough and that is prob­a­bly due to funds be­cause our as­so­ci­a­tions don’t get much money from the govern­ment so the lit­tle they get is used to or­gan­ise big com­pe­ti­tions.

“But what they fail to re­alise is that to have well-groomed play­ers at se­nior level they would have been groomed from the ju­nior lev­els and that is where the Le­sotho Pri­mary Schools Sport As­so­ci­a­tion (LEPSA) also come in.

“There must be a clear tran­si­tion from pri­mary to high schools and ter­tiary level so that we don’t lose play­ers be­cause we fail to fol­low up on them.”

The Bereng High School teacher said they had how­ever, se­lected their dif­fer­ent un­der 17 squads to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the up­com­ing COSSASA Games in Maseru from Thurs­day un­til Sun­day.

He said so far South Africa, Botswana, Swazi­land, Namibia, Zim­babwe and Malawi had con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion with only Zam­bia re­main­ing un­de­cided.

“The coaches have called up their squads that will rep­re­sent the coun­try but due to lack of funds the play­ers haven’t gone into camp. The aim was to have a two week camp.”

The seven na­tions will com­pete in foot­ball, netball, basketball, netball, ten­nis, rugby and vol­ley­ball.

LISA Pres­i­dent Caswell Moru.

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