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Friday, February 24, 2017

Sello and Toka headline nominees for Lesotho Annual Sport Awards

Tšepang Sello leads the nominees for the inaugural Lesotho Annaul Sport Awards
The final nominees for the first-ever Lesotho Annual Sport Awards have been announced and middle distance runners Tšepang Sello and Badboy Toka headline the finalists with three nominations each.

Sello and Toka are followed by cyclists Teboho Khantsi and Phetetso Monese, footballer Boitumelo Rabale, dancesport star Itumeleng Maseatile and middle distance prodigy Manqabang Tsibela who have two nominations each.

The Lesotho Annual Sport Awards will be held on March 18 at Avani Maseru and the ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB teammates Khantsi and Monese will go head-to-head for Sportsman of the Year along with Toka while the Sportswoman accolade will be contested by Sello, Rabale and Maseatile.

The main prize of the ceremony will be the Sports Star of the Year where five athletes have been nominated in a competitive line-up.

The nominees include the 19 year-old Sello who competed at the Rio Olympics last August. Sello is also nominated for the Junior Female Sportsperson award.

Also nominated for the Sports Star of the Year is Rabale who captained the Bloemfontein Celtic women’s side to the national title in South Africa in 2016 and Monese who last year became the first Lesotho cyclist to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The other nominees are Toka who won gold in the 3000 and 5000 metres at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Games in Angola in December. Another strong contender is Tsibela who was one of the stars of those Region 5 Games scooping two gold medals in the 1500 and 3000 metres. Tsibela also won gold in the 3000 metres at the COSSASA games last May. Khantsi and Maseatile round out the nominees for the Sports Star of the Year which will be voted for by the public. SMS lines are already open and each SMS costs M2.

Historic Olympian, Phetetso Monese
In other categories, surprise Vodacom Premier League title contenders Kick4Life have been nominated for the Sports Team of the Year alongside Bokamoso basketball club and the 2016 COSSASA Under-13 football team.

The National Federation of the Year award will be contested by the Lesotho Cricket Association (LCA), Federation of Dancesport Lesotho (FEDALE) and the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA)

The Sports School of the Year is between Lerotholi Polytechnic, Leqele Primary School and Leqele High School.

The nominees were announced on Wednesday at the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission’s headquarters in Maseru.

Lesotho Annual Sport Awards Nominees
Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year:
Matšeliso Toloane (Netball)
Tšepang Sello (Athletics)
Manqabang Tsibela (LEPSSA)

Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year:
Ntai Sethunya (Dancesport)
Badboy Toka (Athletics)
Tšepang Sehlabi (Dancesport)

Sportsman of the Year:
Teboho Khantsi (Cycling)
Toka Badboy (Athletics)
Phetetso Monese (Cycling)

Sportswoman of the Year:
Boitumelo Rabale (Football)
Tšepang Sello (Athletics)
Itumeleng Maseatile (Dancesport)

Sportswoman of the Year with Disability:
Lomile Makobane
Mpati Phakoe
Litšitso Khotlele

Sportsman of the Year with Disability:
Khotso Mojaki
Bolae Lekoetje
Rethabile Mphou

Newcomer of the Year:
Mahahapa Masilo (Basketball)
Tanki Mechele (Athletics)
Manqabang Tsibela (LEPSSA)

Administrator of the Year:
Abiel Lekulo (Netball)
Thabo Ntsane (LEPSSA)
Sekhoane Moshabesha (Basketball)

Volunteer of the Year:
Retšelisitsoe Goodman (‘Nelese Regional Sport Development)
Fako Masupha (Lesotho Basketball Association)
Moorosi Makhofola (Community Sports Development)

National Federation of the Year:
Lesotho Cricket Association (Cricket)
Federation of Dancesport Lesotho (Dancesport)
Lesotho Basketball Association (Basketball)

Bloemfontein Celtic captain Boitumelo Rabale
Sports School of the Year:
Lerotholi Polytechnic
Leqele Primary School
Leqele High School

Sports Team of the Year:
COSSASA U13 Football Team (Lesotho Primary School Sports Association)
Bokamoso Development Program (Lesotho Basketball Association)
Kick4Life (Lesotho Football Association)

Coach of the Year:
Selloane Tšoaeli (National Paralympic Committee of Lesotho)
Sefali Sefali (Lesotho Primary School Sports Association & LAAA)
Sibusiso Keketsi (Lesotho Basketball Association)

Umpire/Referee of the Year:
Chakatsa Lephole (Netball)
Moshoeshoe Molapo (Taekwondo)
Abiel Lekulo (Netball)

Sport Legacy Award:
Chaplin Sechele (Pioneer - LABA)
Tšitso Marumo (Athlete)
Bishop Molatoli (Coach)
Nkalimeng Makhube (Pioneer - Women in Sport Committee)
Pitso Mosothoane (Coach and Administrator)
Limpho Mokhochane (Administrator)

Sports Star of the Year:
Teboho Khantsi (Cycling)
Badboy Toka (Athletics)
Phetetso Monese (Cycling)
Boitumelo Rabale (Football)
Tšepang Sello (Athletics)
Itumeleng Maseatile (Dancesport)

The Sports Star of the Year will be voted by the public and SMS lines are already open and each SMS costs M2. For one vote, SMS the nominee’s code to 31019 and for 15 votes to 31012:
Sports Star of the Year:
Teboho Khantsi SRY1
Badboy Toka SRY2
Phetetso Monese SRY3
Boitumelo Rabale SRY4
Tšepang Sello SRY5
Itumeleng Maseatile SRY6

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