Africa-Press – Lesotho. Following its initiative to remove young and vulnerable children from the streets in December last year, Masianokeng Sports Academy has widened its capacity to accommodate more youth under various
sporting codes. The academy had brought youth together in an effort to keep them from using drugs and encourage their engagement in sports. Masianokeng Sports Academy Founder, President and the elite
coach Tlokotsi Ndlovu announced that the membership is open to all youth across the country, not only Masianokeng natives. “The purpose of the academy is to
discover the players’ talents in sports at different stages and ensures that the players grab other teams’ attention to pursue their sports careers in
future,” he noted. Ndlovu added that the academy also aims to find supplementary education for players to further their studies as most members are in their
schooling age. He said the academy has registered with the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) and was established in March 2020, starting with ladies and men football.
He emphasized on their determination to broaden to other remaining sports codes to expand the academy. “The players are picked from the age of 4 to 17 years for men in order to build the academy’s
development football team, while on the women’s side there is no specific age preference. We want to shape our players such that they qualify to play for all
Lesotho national teams, even overseas,” he explained. Ndlovu said the academy has been sponsored by the TM2 Construction and Civil since December 2020 and it provided
2 jerseys aimed for away and home games, noting that they are looking for more
sponsors. “The academy has under 10 to under 17 teams on both genders and we will soon compete for under 17 leagues. We host training sessions on week days
and weekends and the players are open to register with the academy free of charge for now,” he stated. Ndlovu is a holder of level one course, women coaching course by LeFA and level one Scottish Football
Association (FA) Certificates. He revealed that within the country he coached several teams including Lerotholi Polytechnic Ladies Football Club (FC),
Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) FC and Basetsana United FC. “The academy did not take part in any identified competition in the country except for the
friendly matches as it is newly found, however at present I am working hard on creating opportunities for the academy’s management to gain competence as it also has not engaged in any sports related courses. Masianokeng Sports Academy is based at Setleketseng.