Maseru – Confederation of School Sports Association in Southern Africa COSSASA ballgames are intended to produce future stars, build friendship and for member countries to share cultures in the region.
Speaking during a welcoming function at Bambatha Ts’ita Sports Arena in Maseru, COSSASA President Mr. Johnson Madhuru commended the Local Organising Committee for hosting this year’s games, saying this contributes to developing and producing future stars for the COSSASA region and the continent as a whole.
Mr. Madhuru also commended the Committee for coming up with a relevant logo which was launched at the function, which has national colours of peace, prosperity, rain, Africa and Basotho, as well as the future of COSSASA.
On behalf of Lesotho National Olympic Committee and Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission, Mrs. ‘Matlohang Moiloa-Ramoqopo said there is a big gap between primary and secondary schools games, saying bringing both the under 13s and 17s together will help narrow the gap.
Mrs. Moiloa-Ramoqopo said the games will bring together athletes from diversity of cultures together, and COSSASA should help the athletes excel not only in sports but in their studies as well for the betterment of their future.
Local Organising Committee Chairperson Mr. Caswell Moru welcomed the countries, saying Lesotho is honoured to host the games and promised that they will be a success and wished the visitors a fruitful, peaceful and warm stay.
The COSSASA Games will end on Saturday and entail Football, Netball, Volleyball, Tennis and Rugby by athletes from Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.