LBA relishes successful season

Moorosi Tsiane

LESOTHO Basketball Association (LBA) president, Francis Koma, has showered praises on his committee for doing “a splendid job” in its first season.

Koma’s committee was appointed in the middle of the season in January 2018 after the expiration of the previous committee’s two term tenure led by Molupe Mothepu.

The National Basketball League ended in May this year while the national league play-offs were played last month. Lerotholi Polytechnic and Bokamoso won in the male and female category respectively while NUL Rovers (females) and Lichocha Shooting Rifles (Males) won the national championship.

Koma told the Sunday Express this week that although they took office in the middle of the season, they are happy with the progress that they have made.

“It was not easy but I am personally happy with how we managed the association until the last day of the season,” Koma said.

“For the first time, we successfully had play-offs where minnows Lerotholi Polytechnic caused an upset for big guns, Lichocha.

“We had overwhelming support from the fans on the day of the play-offs it would be marvelous if we get the same for the regular league games.”

Koma however, said there were also challenges that they cannot afford to ignore.

“We also faced challenges and among such was the resignation of the secretary general Retšelisitsoe Lephaila who left immediately after he was elected. We have since co-opted Mamokoena Nhlapo as his replacement. Lack of finances have also made it tough to run the league.

“Since we have time in the off-season, we will sit down and map the way forward to ensure that the league can survive and improve. We need to find sponsors so that we can stop relying on the teams’ subventions which are inadequate.

“We also aim to expand the league to rural districts such as Mokhotlong and Qacha’s Nek to ensure that the sport grows,” Koma said.

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