MASERU — Team Lesotho coaches say they are happy
with the team’s progress after last week’s training camp as the country steps
up preparations for the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa (SCSA) Games. The games are scheduled for December 4 to 18 in
Lusaka, Zambia. Lesotho will take part in football, athletics,
netball, boxing, tennis and athletics for the disabled. Athletics coach, Pati Mareka, said there had been a
lot that had been achieved by his athletes during the one-week training camp.
“I am happy with the way our athletes are responding
to the training methods we introduced in camp,” Mareka said.
“That progress or development was easily seen
because their individual times have improved as compared to their previous
personal times.” He said most of the runners performed well during
the Blue Mountain Inn Half Marathon in the five-kilometre category. “Most of them won prizes within the Top 10 finishers
and we are happy with the progress they have made since reporting for last
week’s training camp,” he said.
He said if these results are anything to go by,
Lesotho stands a great chance of winning more medals in athletics in Zambia.
Netball coach, Ramafahla Thamae, said his team had
also made some improvement during the training camp.
“In terms of percentages, I would say we’ve made a
30 percent progress because we couldn’t assemble all the players as others are
Form C and E students,” Thamae said. “Honestly, if we had held the training camp during
the winter break, we could have made huge progress as compared to now because
that meant we could have had two months training together.”
Thamae, however, was confident netball could also
bring in some medals come December. “We are still confident that we can bring in some
medals in this category but that means we will have to train every weekend as
promised and have more friendly games as part of our preparations for these
games,” he said.
In a separate interview, disabled athletics coach
Thabiso Ratsoane said he was also happy with his team’s progress.
“After last week’s meeting with them, I saw a huge
difference and we took them in the LAAA trials where they really performed
well,” Ratsoane said. “For a disabled person to respectively come second
and fourth in the 200 and 400 metres competing against able-bodied athletes is
a huge achievement for us,” he said. He added that he was going to work on ensuring that his
runners set a new record in each of their weekend meetings leading to Zambia.
Lesotho Institute of Sports Association general
secretary, Retšelisitsoe Lephaila, said they were yet to appoint a coach for
the Under 17 football team that will take part at the games.