By ‘Mamohlakola Letuka
MASERU — The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) is set to hold a two-day referees’ course at Lesotho High School this weekend.
The training, according to one of the organisation’s officials Sekhoane Moshabesha, begins on Saturday and is meant to prepare the officials ahead of the 2014 season which begins on March 29.
“The aim of the course is to refresh the knowledge of those who are currently on our books and also impart the rules and regulations of the game to those that will be embarking on a career in basketball-officiating,” Moshabesha said.
Moshabesha further said the association would want to have the officials in tip-top condition when the league gets underway in a week’s time.
“We are trying to attract more people into the sport, which is why the clinics are going to be open to anyone who is interested in basketball.
“If more people know about the rules of the game, there will be fewer conflicts at matches, thereby attracting more people to come and watch and also be part of the sport.”
Moshabesha also noted the training would ensure there are enough officials for the high schools league, which covers the whole country.
The weekend clinic, he added, also seeks to convince basketball enthusiasts to volunteer their services since the LBA has no funds to pay officials.
“That is one of the reasons why there are so few people willing to offer their time, but we are hoping this clinic will motivate the officials to volunteer.”