Lesotho team increase medals to four

  • 14 December, 2018

Team Lesotho's medal tally has increased to four after Tsepang Maqaleha added a bronze medal following his third finish in the 3000 metres behind Botswana and South Africa's runners on Wednesday.

The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games which kicked off on December 5 will finish on Sunday.
This is after Mangabang Tsibela won a double in 1500 and 800 metres where she scooped a gold and bronze medals respectively while Nathi Motlojoa obtained a bronze medal in tennis.
As expected Manqabang Tsibela has added the number of medals from one to two after scooping first gold medal in 3000 metres on Wednesday at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
This is the second medal in two days for Tsibela after winning a bronze medal in 1500 metres after finishing on third, behind Zambian and South African runners and this brings the total of the medals for Team Lesotho to three.
Tsibela's bronze medal meant that Team Lesotho now has a total of two bronze medals after Nyathi Motlojoa scooped first bronze medal for Team Lesotho in tennis.
Motlojoa beat a Mozambican opponent Bruno Nhavene after winning 7-6 sets to clinch the first ever medal for the Team Lesotho in the tennis third place play off after he lost in the semi-final.
In Netball, Team Lesotho finished on fifth position after losing against Namibia in their final game 40 to 51 after winning only two games out of six matches played at the tournament and lost four with no draw and managed to score a total of 246 goals and conceded 346 in the process.
South Africa finished on top in the Netball category after winning all the six games and scored a total of 388 goals and only let in 189 goals, followed by Malawi in second while Zimbabwe and Zambia were on third and fourth positions respectively while Namibia and Botswana obtained sixth and seventh spots.
Team Lesotho is represented by 90 athletes drawn from Athletics, Athletes of people with disability, Boxing, Netball, Ladies Soccer and Tennis at the 2018 AUSC Region 5 Youth Games.
Lesotho was handed a baton as the next host of the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games and Minister of Gender and Youth, Sport and Recreation Dr. Mahali Phamotse received the baton on behalf of the government of Lesotho from Botswana counterparts.
Lesotho Local Organising Committee (LOC) led by Mr. Fusi Notoane is in Botswana as part of study tour to learn to organise games of such magnitude.
The LOC has also visited Botswana during the AUSC Region 5 Games preparations and hosted the Regional Organsing Committee as part of familiarisation and inspection of facilities that will be used to host the game in 2020.
The regional body also met with the government to get a political will for Lesotho as the next host of the AUSC region 5 Games.
South Africa is currently leading the medal tally with 14 gold medals followed by Angola with 10 gold medals and Zambia (2) on third, Malawi (1).
Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have no gold medals but follow on fifth, sixth and seventh with five and one silver medals while Mozambique gallop on eighth with three bronze medals and Lesotho completes the nine countries which have registered their medals and eSwatini is yet to win a medal on tenth spot.

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