The Lesotho Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has lavished praise on the Motlojoa brothers, Nyathi, 14, and Kukutla,16, for their outstanding performance in the 2014 International Tennis Federation African Junior Championship campaign.
The brothers won three medals — one doubles-gold (Nyathi alongside an Angolan partner) at the finals in Kenya and two silver (also in the doubles) in a warm-up tournament held in Botswana — prompting the LTA to hold a function in their honour last Sunday in Maseru.
Coach Mojalefa Mothibe said he was impressed with his players’ performance, adding the exposure was ideal preparation for the brothers ahead of Olympic qualifies set for Namibia on May 5.
“I am very impressed by their performance and hopefully, the international exposure they gained will help them play well in the Olympic qualifiers next month in Windhoek, Namibia,” Mothibe said.
The coach, however, expressed concern with the players’ form in the singles competition.
“They are playing well in the doubles but look a bit frustrated in the singles. I believe there are some areas they need to work on, especially with Nyathi, as he stands a good chance of qualifying for the World Junior Championships in the future,” Mothibe said.
Mothibe further said the main challenge the sport continues to face is lack of facilities.
“Lack of infrastructure such as tennis courts, denies us the chance to host tournaments and this demotivates our players. Because of lack of tournaments, such of the players end up leaving the sport completely in frustration.
“That is why we are calling on various stakeholders to rally behind tennis and help it develop into one of the biggest sports in the country, which can help players earn a living,” said Mothibe.