LBA needs serious introspection

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Moorosi Tsiane

ON SUNDAY the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) in a bid to find lasting solutions to an ongoing feud in the association.

Ever since the election the Francis Koma led committee in December 2017, the LBA has done nothing to improve the sport. Rather, the committee members continued tearing at each other until National Basketball League (NBL) play offs were stalled in March.

The new committee was also rocked by the resignation of some members until they were only left with three members who could not form a quorum to make any decision as required by the association’s constitution.

According to my understanding, the AGM was be a platform to map the way forward and solve the LBA’s problems.

A new committee, headed by Faku Masupha was elected on Sunday and has among others been mandated with preparing for the elections in two weeks.

They got so many things wrong and I was left perplexed why they decided to elect a full committee which is only going to hold office for two weeks.

I couldn’t believe this until I had a long chat with Masupha on Monday where he tried to explain everything to me and that they are thinking of holding the said elections by early July.

To me, it still doesn’t make sense that people decide to elect a seven member committee which is only going to hold office for two weeks. What will they be doing in two weeks?

Is two weeks enough to prepare for elections? Since the AGM was not an elective meeting, how did it end up having elections?

For the past five years that I have been closely following local sports, basketball had been one of the promising sports where one could see some positive strides. Hype was slowly returning and even the attendance at games was improving.

However, things went south two years ago back when the Molupe Mothepu led committee handed over to Koma and company having led for the stipulated two terms.

The basketball community needs to start getting serious and resolve all their issues and elect a new committee not because they want certain people but because they believe in the people they vote in.

Basketball it is where it is today because of such problems. Voting should not be about emotions if they want what’s best for the once promising sport.

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