The long awaited Federation of Athletics Lesotho (FAL) elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) finally took place on Saturday at Scripture Union Lesotho premises in Maseru.
TÅ¡eliso Pheta became the FAL president by defeating the outgoing president Makhaola Serake and the outspoken Qacha’s Nek Athletics and the Mafeteng District Athletics Association’s Kokolia Mokonyana.
The elections were forced into being by the World Athletics after a series of disputes since last October amongst the federation’s members.
After the presentations of reports and final deliberations, the election process began under the watchful eye of an elections monitoring body which was led by officials from the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) and the Lesotho National Olympics Committee (LNOC).
Pheta expressed his gratitude for the way things penned out, which he says is no different from the October elections outcome.
â€œI am grateful that it has come to this once again proving that what happened last year was not a mistake or in any way wrong,â€ Pheta said.
â€œI am fully satisfied with winning and becoming the president although I was hoping to have collected more votes than the number I got. I was expecting at least an 8/12 outcome,â€ he bragged.
The former president of the Quthing Athletics Association said amongst his plans for his term as the national president, he is going to put more focus on the identification and scouting of athletes.
â€œI have been in sports for a long time particularly in athletics administration and all this time there were no plans and strategies on things like the identification and scouting of talent in the country.
â€œThat very talent must be followed up and managed, so constant monitoring of clubs by the district associations will be a must during my termâ€ he said.
He stated that one of the things he was already trying to implement as the vice president in the toppled executive committee was the active marketing department of the association and mentioned that he will also be making that a priority.
He added that above all else his mission will be to unite the association starting with the clubs, the district associations to the national executive of the FAL.
The new Vice-President is Sefali Sefali of Thaba Tseka Athletics who defeated Maboleli Ntsapi of Mokhotlong Athletics.
Incumbent Secretary-General Makara Thabinyane retained his position against Berea Athleticsâ€™ Thabelo Ranthona while the position of Vice Secretary-General was won by Mafikile Thabakholo of Butha Buthe Athletics against Moea Kubutu of Mafeteng District Athletics and Lineo Mokoatle of Mokhotlong Athletics.
Letsema Moiloa of Mohale’s Hoek Athletics won against Tumisang Leoisa of Leribe Athletics, Kokolia Mokonyana and Maboleli Ntsapi for the position of Treasurer.
The Marketing and Public Relations Officer position which was occupied by the outspoken and long-serving PRO Sejanamane Maphathe was one up for taking by a new person after Maphathe announced he has done his part.
Maphathe had been in the executive of the FAL for over 12 years, mostly serving as the PRO.
He said he made the decision after extensive consideration looking at his journey in the association since 2008.
“I arrived at the decision to not contest for any position in the elections due to personal reasons, I believe I have done my part over this long period,” Maphathe said.
The position of PRO was then contested by Neo Ramarou and Lemohang Mandoro from the Maseru Athletics Academy, and Nkoebe Makhalemele of Leribe Athletics, who eventually came out victorious.
Karabo Ntabanyane of Quthing Athletics clinched the ordinary membership position going up against Moea Nkubu and Lineo Mokoatle.