LBA backs Kopo

Sunday Express - - SPORT - 22 Sport Moorosi Tsiane

THE Le­sotho Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (LBA) ex­ec­u­tive has said it is fully be­hind its pres­i­dent Moses Kopo and has con­fi­dence in his lead­er­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Katiso Tšenoli, the LBA spokesper­son said this to the Sun­day Ex­press re­cently. He was re­spond­ing to ru­mours that some mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion are lob­by­ing the clubs to sign a vote of no con­fi­dence in Kopo.

A 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list, Kopo was elected LBA pres­i­dent in March last year. He took over from Takatso Ra­makhula who had led the as­so­ci­a­tion since 2012.

The post was con­tested by Kopo and Te­boho Mafa­tle but the former won all the votes.

Tšenoli ad­mit­ted that he had heard the ru­mours but said there was noth­ing for­mal re­gard­ing the is­sue ta­ble to the ex­ec­u­tive.

“I have also heard those ru­mours that there are peo­ple go­ing to other clubs lob­by­ing them to sign a let­ter which was said to be of mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent,” Tšenoli said.

“How­ever, the let­ter has not reached my ta­ble as the spokesper­son. What I can­not dis­pute is the ex­is­tence of the let­ter and whether or not any of the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers have re­ceived it be­cause we have not since the Com­mon­wealth Games. All the sched­uled meet­ings have been post­poned since then but as far as I am con­cerned, the ex­ec­u­tive is be­hind the pres­i­dent.”

Tšenoli how­ever, sug­gested that the com­plaints and the pe­ti­tion were likely com­ing from a sec­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion that was un­happy about the se­lec­tion if the Com­mon­wealth Games team.

He also dis­missed the com­plaints as base­less.

“The ac­cu­sa­tions do not hold wa­ter. We know there are peo­ple that do not like be­ing led by oth­ers and al­ways want ev­ery­thing to go their way.

“Peo­ple are com­plain­ing about the se­lec­tion of the team that went to the Com­mon­wealth Games but the pres­i­dent did not make any in­put into that. The tech­ni­cal team that was ap­pointed along­side with the team man­ager were re­spon­si­ble for that and the pres­i­dent only ap­proved,” Tšenoli said.

LBA pres­i­dent Moses Kopo

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