MASERU — Lesotho Snooker and Pool Association (Lespa) says it is now able to host its finals after it managed to secure funding from the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) last week.
The finals were postponed indefinitely last month due to lack of funds.
Lespa public relations officer, Tefo Sethati, told the Sunday Express the association finally received its quarterly subvention from government through the LSRC and will now use part of the funds to hold the finals.
Sethati said Lespa will set the dates and venues for the finals during their committee meeting next week.
He said the association needs over M30 000 to hold both the finals and an award-giving ceremony that will be held on the same day.
“We need over M30 000 to host both the Top 16 tournament (finals) as well as the awards ceremony,” Sethati said.
Sixteen teams are expected to compete in the finals.
Maseru will provide seven teams while Leribe, Mohale’s Hoek and Mafeteng will each send three teams.
Sethati however noted that the delay in holding the finals had negatively affected the sport as only two districts had managed to resume with the league two weeks ago.
“This negatively affected the perception people had about the association, they have lost trust in us and as a result dragged their feet when registering for the resumption of the league,” he said.
Only Butha-Buthe and Leribe districts started the league two weeks ago.
The remaining seven districts
will only commence their leagues on June 3.
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