Boxers suffer  quarter-final defeats

Boxers suffer quarter-final defeats

Maseru – Lesotho boxers Phomolo Lengola and Tlholohelo Mokhesi are back home after suffering quarterfinal defeats at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.  The championships ran from July 19 to 23 and, speaking to thepost yesterday, Lesotho Boxing Association (LeBA) public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli said Lengola and Mokhesi did not have enough time to prepare.

He added that the promising duo had to share a coach — Meshak Letsoepa from Lerotholi Polytechnic Boxing Club — which did not help either.
“The boys didn’t have enough time to camp,” Tšenoli said. “What killed us is the fact that they had only one coach. Normally there were supposed to be three coaches but we only had one coach meaning we had to find another coach from another country. We managed to get a coach from Namibia and that killed us most.”

“The other thing is that they both didn’t have many bouts during their preparations, and it means that we should do a firm monitoring on them from now on. But we have learned from those mistakes so as not to repeat them next time, and we will ask the sponsors to help out,” he continued.
Tšenoli said Lengola and Mokhesi lacked international exposure and, for that reason, LeBA will work to organise more tournaments outside Lesotho for the boxers.

“We lacked international exposure which is one of the things that did harm to us,” he said. “If a boxer is used to local tournaments he cannot just compete internationally without getting exposure.” Tšenoli added: “We have to monitor them from now because they will soon be in the senior team.
We are building a senior team starting with these young players with the hope that they will compete when we go to the (2020) Olympics.”

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