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CFL readies for elections


Chris Theko

The Chess Federation of Lesotho (CFL) will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Mayday this year, where it will also elect the new executive committee at a yet to be confirmed venue. 

Earlier this month a statement released to the CFL home clubs, Principal CFL schools’ clubs and Sports officer CFL tertiary clubs announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had a review meeting whereby amongst other things they agreed to host the AGM which will also afford the election of a new NEC.

CFL Public Relations Officer, Selatela Khiba told Newsday Sport that the outgoing NEC has done its part in the past four years of its term hence is ready to support the one to be elected at all costs.

“The time has indeed come and as the current NEC, we believe that we did our best for the growth of the sport in the country and now is the time to open up the floor,” Khiba said.

He said they struggled a lot when they came into office four years ago but had to weather the storm and changed that situation as time went on. 

“When we took office in 2017 the sport was not doing so well especially on an international level but we managed to turn that around. Amongst other things then the challenge was that the federation struggled to get funds for our players when time for international competitions came,” He said. 

CFL has been active in the country for 13 years and the upcoming elections will be their fourth since the existence of the federation. It was established in 2008 and only registered with the Lesotho Sports Commission (LSRC) in 2010.

Khiba said during the past four years, they managed to attend as many international tournaments as possible including the Olympiad which was held in Batumi, Georgia in 2018 as well as the African Individuals Online Championship. 

“The NEC was very proactive in making sure that the players come first hence we had a player in Tokelo Klass who was awarded a candidate master after a good display at the 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi Georgia,” he said. 

“All our achievements are visible and not to say it was a smooth sailing ride because it was not, we had our own fights in the NEC here and there but we still managed to sort them out” he added.

CFL has now developed into more than 50 clubs countrywide which are based in the three regions; North, South and Central from all districts except Qacha’s Nek and Quthing which have no chess players yet.   

Khiba mentioned that looking at their success most of the committee members are looking to contest in the elections to run for another term including him.

“I will be running again in the upcoming elections and I am aware that most of my committee members are also going to be contesting as well in the elections,” he said. 

The list of nominees is expected to be available not later than 20 April 2021.  The current CFL NEC is as follows; President TÅ¡eliso Motloheloa, Vice President Thabang Mapena, Treasurer Lebohang Motlokoa, Secretary General Mokone Moshe, Vice Secretary General and Public Relations officer Khiba, Development Officer Tlhoriso Morienyane, Vice Development Officer Phera Moseli and Members ‘Mangoako Mocheba-Tsoinyane and Lehlohonolo Mofetoane.

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