Lebona Leokaoke is a Cricket Fan, a Cricket Player and a Cricket Coach from Lesotho. Lebona is playing Cricket from last 13 years now and has also played in ICC Africa division 3. Lebona envisions a positive growth for Cricket in Lesotho and his team is working day in day out to make it happen. Global Cricket Community appreciate's your efforts Lebona. Keep doing the good work.
1. About Me:
Name: Lebona Justice Leokaoke
Playing Role: All rounder
Batting style: Right Arm bat
Bowling style: Right Arm offbreak
Address: Teyateyaneng 200 , Lesotho
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else)
At present I am a cricket fan, a player and a cricket coach at some point. I am also a volunteer in a premier league management.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes, been playing since the age of 13, its 13 years of play now. Lesotho is playing in ICC Africa division 3, which is the highest I have played for sure.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for two teams: 1. National University of Lesotho (NUL) Vampires cricket club that was founded in 2007. It plays regularly in the country and once every year intervarsity games with Botswana and Swaziland universities. 2. Maseru United Cricket Club (MUCC) which was founded in 2011, it only plays in Free State,Ficksburg (South Africa).
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
In the coming 5 years NUL vampires dominance will be deteriorating. As a school team, we get new players and lose old ones every year. For the past 3 years or so the level of new players has been very low hindering development of the team. Therefore, the focus should be highly on development from the tender stages. The chain from pre-school to higher school will not only improve our team but the nation as a whole.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
Facebook pages for the association/Club:
Vampires cricket club
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date
The recent achievement /activities I had:
Organized a memorial game that was on the 10th August 2014
Cricket camp held on November 28 – December 5 2014
Sixers’ tournament on 7-8 February 2015
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
I would like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp. I would also like to be in Australia and England, the big 3 of cause.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
We are challenged by the poor infrastructure and financing. If there would be financing then there will be infrastructure, if only the big companies can get involved and invest more on cricket, then we can overcome the challenges. The other challenge is our cricket is highly dependent on schools, most of our teams are from schools and when the schools are closed or about to set for examinations they don’t play cricket. In order to overcome this one we ought to have more home teams than schools.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
We need to be playing throughout the year, leagues, exhibitions or camps; this would boost involvement of the people in the country’s cricket.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
The three clubs:
CAS warriors cricket club
LP cricket club
Machabeng cricket club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I would like to nominate a club from my country for a free website from Global Cricket Community as that might help put our cricket on the spotlight and that would motivate the locals. Besides it would give our country an international recognition.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
In the world cup I was supporting South Africa; it has been my favorite ever since other than it’s from the southern Africa where Lesotho is.