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Mphetole leads Lesotho to regional online chess tourney

Local chess players at a previous tournament

Oct. 12, 2020 3 min read

TOP chess trainer Mona Mphetole has been nominated to lead Team Lesotho to the Zone 4.5 Virtual Chess Championship scheduled for October 16 - 18.

According to the Chess Federation of Lesotho (CFL)’s publicist Selatela Khiba, this follows an invitation to represent Lesotho in the regional tournament.

Khiba said the team comprises 14 players inclusive of substitutes.

“Due to short notice, we selected the team using the same criteria as the one used for the Online Olympiad. The Zonal Online Team Event's time is shortened to one weekend and each country will pay $100 roughly M1 640 to register,” he said.

The monies contributed by the participating countries, he showed will be utilised to cover the tournament’s administrative costs, adding that there will be four main team prizes amounting to $800 (roughly M13 120) with the remainder to be used for logistic purposes.Ten southern African countries are expected to participate in the competition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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So far Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique have confirmed their participation. 

Team Lesotho is made up of Mona (Captain), CM Tokelo Klaas, Sechaba Khalema, CM Joang Molapo, WCM Maboloko Leboela, Naleli McPherson, ’Malehloa Likhomo, Lebajoa Tšephe, Mojakisane Lebakae, ’Malillo Phera, and Bonolo Ntsielo.

Mphetole is a qualified national coach who led team Lesotho to several international campaigns including the Zone 4.5 Youth Championship that was held in Teyateyaneng in 2019.                                                                                                                                                                     

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