Lehlohonolo Ncheke became the Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) president when he was elected unopposed in the new Executive Committee on Sunday during an Annual General Meeting which took place in Maseru at the Setsoto Stadium.
After the presentations of reports, the election process began under the watchful eye of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which was led by former Lesotho Basketball Association president and one of the renowned journalists Palo Mohlotsane, who was assisted by officials from the Lesotho Sports and recreation Commission (LSRC) and the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC).
Ncheke who is now the president, was unopposed from when the AGM was announced up until the day of polling.
All positions were contested for except for the position of public relations officer of the association.
Masoli Khoanyane scooped the Vice-President Administration post after defeating long-serving member Letsatsi Ntsibolane by 31 votes to 13. Vice-President Technical position was won by Tanki Nkaki who beat Zongezile Dlangamandla by 34 votes to 8 votes while the ‘Mathato Machela beat Pitso Tjabane to the position of Vice-President Finance.
For the position of Secretary-General, Sebole Ntlhokoe defeated former acting president Hlapane Ts’ehlo by 28 votes to 13 votes to retain her position.
Khoanyane who is the current Public Relations Officer told Newsday Sport that all went well except for the financial report which was not adopted by the congress.
“The AGM in general went smoothly. However, it did not accept the report by Ntsibolane because it still had lingering issues that date as far back as the 2020 AGM where the financial report was said to be unclear thus the committee was advised to go back and investigate it properly but they failed to do so,” Khoanyane said.
He said as things stand, the new committee has already been tasked with a mandate to find out what happened with that unclear financial report.
He revealed that the main objective of the elected committee is to develop volleyball sport countrywide.
“We will develop volleyball from the grassroots level all over the country. The aim is to see the sport being competitive in all the districts so that we can have a huge pool of players to select from”
“It is time to take the sport back to where it used to be competitively on the continent when we used to have teams like Lesotho Defense Force (LDF), Red Skills and Mahlaseli being able to qualify for big tournaments and represent Lesotho, all this will start with us having proper plans,” he noted.
Having been a member of the executive committee before, Khonyane said his concern and focus lie with proper financial management and accountability of the LVA.
Meanwhile, the LVA secretary general Sebolelo Ntlhokoe said she wants to see the growth of volleyball in the country.
“I want to see more growth to the sport, I am ready to improve the association’s progress. The new committee is yet to meet but above everything else, we agree on growth of the sport,” she said.
The new committee comprises Ncheke, Vice president administrtion Masoli Khoanyane, vice president finance ‘Mathato Machela, vice president technical Tanki Nkaki, Secretary-General Sebolelo Ntlhokoe and the first and second members Mooka TÅ¡oeu and Kananelo Hanyane.
According to Khoanyane the positions of Vice secretary general, PRO and the third member were not contested.
“Those positions will remain under the supervision of the committee to decide on how they are to be filled in accordance with the constitution of the LVA,” he said.