By Moorosi Tsiane
MASERU — Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament organising committee chairman, Timothy Shongwe, said they are happy and very satisfied with how the Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship went.
The two-week tournament roared into life from December 3 to 14 and took place in the two districts of Maseru and Mafeteng with 13 countries from Southern Africa plus East African guests, Kenya. Shongwe said the tournament went well although they had a bumpy start.
“We had ups and downs particularly with the infrastructure at Seeiso Leshoboro Stadium in Mafeteng. But then, things changed for the better as the competition progressed,” Shongwe said.
Shongwe went on to thank Basotho for the support they showed during the tournament.
“I would like to thank Basotho wholeheartedly for the support they have been showing throughout the tournament. I have never seen such love for football.”
He also expressed gratitude to King Letsie III on behalf of Cosafa for gracing the official opening of the tournament.
Shongwe urged Lefa and the government to look after the sporting facilities used during the tournament.
He then singled out Seeiso Leshoboro Stadium which he said is now far much better than what it was before the tournament started.
“Leshoboro Stadium is a good investment to the Mafeteng community and I urged the government and the football administration body to take good care of that facility,” said Shongwe.
Local organising committee chairperson, Lebohang Thotanyana, also commended the job done by his team and said the task was however, a mammoth one.
“We did very well to deliver a successful event although it came with challenges.
“Service providers, infrastructure development and recruitment of personnel were the main challenges we faced,” Thotanyana said.
He said they are pleased the tournament had left behind a legacy for the country and the football fraternity.
Lefa secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi, said the tournament had proved the nation had the capacity to hold a successful tourney.
He thanked the corperate world for their input towards a successful tournament.
“I would like to thank the corperate community for the financial boost that saw the tournament being a success,” Mohapi said.
The Cosafa Under-20 tournament is a platform for young and upcoming players to showcase their talents and possibly earn moves to bigger clubs.