Volleyball ti­tle race goes to the wire

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE na­tional volleyball league cam­paign comes to an end this week­end at Le­hakoe Club in Maseru.

Red­skins won the male cat­e­gory of the tour­na­ment last year, while LDF clinched the fe­male edi­tion, but ac­cord­ing to the Le­sotho Volleyball as­so­ci­a­tion (LVA) Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Let­satsi Nt­si­bolane, pred­i­cat­ing the win­ners this time around would not be easy.

How­ever, Nt­si­bolane be­lieves Red­skins might have the edge to take the hon­ours in both cat­e­gories.

“The fourth round of our league starts on Fri­day and ends the fol­low­ing day at Le­hakoe Club, and this is when the cham­pi­ons for this year are go­ing to be de­cided.

“Red­skins look favourites for both the male and fe­male ti­tles, as they have dom­i­nated the pre­vi­ous rounds of the cham­pi­onship.

“How­ever, hav­ing said this, we are still ex­pect­ing fierce com­pe­ti­tion from our teams in both cat­e­gories as we have a lot of good sides such as Green Spikes, LDF and Mahlaseli,” said Nt­si­bolane, adding the tour­na­ment is be­ing spon­sored by Met­ro­pol­i­tan Le­sotho who signed a three-year deal with LVA in 2013.

“Our part­ner­ship with Met­ro­pol­i­tan, which we signed in 2013, ends next year. The to­tal spon­sor­ship was M120 000, which is M40 000 each year. I should also in­di­cate that this time the games will take place in­doors at Le­hakoe Club un­like in pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions where they were out­doors.

“The awards cer­e­mony is sup­posed to take place at the end of the tour­na­ment where the prizes would be dis­bursed.”

Mean­while, Nt­si­bolane said Red­skins and LDF would rep­re­sent the coun­try in the 2014 African Volleyball Club Cham­pi­onship set for Mozam­bique in De­cem­ber, in hon­our of their wins last sea­son.

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