Basotho find it tough in Maputo

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MASERU — Lesotho athletes are finding the going tough at the ongoing All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

Reports coming from Maputo say at least 60 percent of all Basotho athletes have already been knocked out after putting up a shoddy performance at the continental games.

Team Lesotho has so far garnered a single medal through boxer, Moroke Mokhotho, who won a bronze medal in the semi-finals last week.

But Lesotho has so failed to keep up the momentum.

Expectations were high that Mokhotho’s performance would motivate the 41 athletes who are representing the country to rise to the occasion and make the nation proud.

In athletics, only Selloane Tšoaeli out of the 10 representing the country is still in the running after the rest failed to qualify for the next stages.

Although Tšoaeli lost in the long jump segment yesterday, she is yet to compete in the combined events, which will determine her status in the games and if Lesotho will win any more medals.

Lesotho’s other medal hopeful, Mosito Lehata, put up a disappointing show after he ran with an injury he sustained at the World Championships in South Korea a fortnight ago.

Although Lehata had qualified for the finals after finishing third in Seoul doctors advised him to pull out to ensure a quick recovery.

In Maputo, Lehata came fourth in the 200 metre race and could not proceed to the next stage because he failed to clock his personal best of 20.79.

The reports said Lehata could have performed better were it not for the injury.

They indicated that Lehata was clearly struggling with pain when he took to the field in Maputo.

That injury came back to haunt him when he pulled out of the 100 metre race at the Games.

In tennis, all the nine players representing Lesotho lost in the singles during the preliminary stages.

The players are Bishop Mosebi, Ntjellane Mosehle, Mojalefa Mothibe and Paseka Motsamai (men), Nthabiseng Nqosa, ‘Mamuso Rannana, Pulane Monyetsi and Seapei Senatla.

But all hope is not lost for Team Lesotho after Mosebi and Mothibe and two unnamed females proceeded to the next stage in the doubles tennis after stunning wins yesterday.

In taekwondo it was still not clear if Lesotho’s 12 representatives will make the country proud and proceed to the next stage of the competition.

The Games kicked off on September 3 and will run until Sunday.

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