Thaba-Tseka (TNS) – Rising boxing sensation ‘Mantoa Ranone, delighted and honoured to have made it into the five-member boxing squad that will be representing Lesotho at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GCCG) that get underway in Australia on March 26.
Affectionately known as ‘The Boxing Queen’, 20-year old Ranone is the only woman in the team and she thinks it is because of hard work and dedication that she a spot in the team.
She describes her inclusion in the team as ‘a dream come true’, because she has always wanted to be part of the national boxing team.
Born at Lesobeng, in the Thaba-Tseka district, Ranone started fighting in 2011; she was motivated to join the sport after watching her neighbour – boxing veteran – Daemane Lengola training hard and winning fights.
Speaking to Maseru Metro, Ranone said she was fit and ready for the Games, and promised to fly the country’s flag high.
“The bronze medal I won at the Zone 4 Senior Championships in Maputo, Mozambique last month, has motivated me to reach for even higher heights.
“I am very happy to have made it into the team. Representing one’s country is not a small thing, and I am grateful to have been selected to do so.
“I am sure that everyone can understand how I feel; being the only woman to be selected to represent the country along with four men is really humbling. I am just over the moon and I think I thank God for that.”
Ranone’s sister and caretaker, Ms. Masebatli Ranone says she is thrilled that her sister will participate in the Commonwealth Games. Masebatli revealed that her sister always loved boxing from a tender age. She believes it is not by chance that her younger sibling is excelling in the sport today.
“I think Mantoa is living her dream. She always wanted to be a good fighter in the boxing ring and it is really pleasing to watch her achieving that today. I am happy for her and I wish her a safe journey and a successful tournament,” she said.
The other members of the boxing squad for the Games comprise Moroke Mokhotho, Qhobosheane Mohlerepe, Kokole Paneng, and Thabo Molefe.