Lesotho to host COSSASA Games

Lesotho to host COSSASA Games

Maseru – Lesotho will host the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern African (COSSASA) Ball Games for the first time next week.
The championships will be hosted by the Lesotho Primary School Sports Association (LEPSA) and Lesotho Institutions Sports Association (LISA) and will run from next Monday until Saturday.

It will be the first time Lesotho holds the regional primary and high school games.
The championships will comprise six sport codes — football, netball, rugby, basketball, volleyball and tennis — and will see competition at both under 13 and 17 for boys and girls.

Joining Lesotho in the 2017 COSSASA Ball Games will be South Africa, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Namibia and defending champions Botswana.
In an interview with thepost, LEPSA vice-secretary Nomasondo Feleteng said championships will take place at various grounds in Maseru with the prospective venues being Setsoto Stadium, Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, Machabeng College and the Lehakoe Recreational Centre.
Feleteng said meetings are still on-going to finalise venues.

“We have to address the point that this tournament should be hosted on proper grounds which are not far from one another,” she said.
Another headache for local organisers has been preparations for Team Lesotho.
Feleteng said the host team has not had training camps as hoped due to a lack of finances.

“It is true the Ministry of Sports has funded its related associations from the 2017/18 national budget but the main problem is that it takes a lot of time to allocate the money to make training camps possible for these players,” Feleteng said.
Nonetheless, Feleteng remained upbeat Team Lesotho and the games would be a success.

She said the COSSASA championships are important because they promote a spirit of international friendship and cooperation among participating athletes and countries. “LEPSA is up for supporting the value of sport in enhancing the well being of individuals, communities and societies,” Feleteng said.

“The COSSASA Ball Games provide (LEPSA) an opportunity to underscore the power of sport as a tool to reduce violence and enhance the well-being of students throughout the country,” she said. Last year the COSSASA Ball Games were held in Botswana with the hosts running out as overall champions ahead of Zimbabwe. Namibia came third while Lesotho took fourth place.

Mosiuoa Frantsi

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