Lesotho targets medals haul at AUSC Games
TEAM Lesotho’s chef de mission for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games Molupe Mothepu says the squad needs to surpass the exploits of the 2016 team at the games scheduled for 7 to 16 December in Botswana.
The 2016 team came back with 13 medals at the games that were held in Angola. The 2016 medal at the biennial games included six gold, three silver and four bronze in athletics and boxing while netball and tennis were the only disciplines where the country failed to win anything.
This year, the country will be represented in athletics, boxing, ladies’ football, volleyball, tennis and elite athletes with disability.
Mothepu expressed gratitude to the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) whom he said has done it can to ensure that the team is ready for the games where they will be competing as countries from the SADC region.
“We are aiming to win more than the 13 medals that the country won in 2016 and preparations have been promising despite the lack of funding,” Mothepu said.
“The commission has been emptying its pockets and planning to allow teams to camp nearly every weekend in November. The team is trying considering the several constraints they have to overcome.”
He said they also battled the unavailability of athletes due to school commitments as most of them were sitting for their examinations.
Mothepu said middle distance starlet Manqabang Tsibela will once again be part of the team following her impressive performance in 2016.
The team is expected to leave the country on the 4th of December to Botswana.
In 2016 Tsibela was one of the stars of the show, scooping two gold medals in the 1500 and 3 000 metres, while Tšepang Sello also won gold in the 800 metres and silver in 1500 metres in the female categories.
The last two gold medals were won by Toka Badboy in the 3000 and 5000 metres.