Net­ball league roars back

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THE ea­gerly awaited net­ball league pro­gramme re­turns this week­end af­ter a twoyear ab­sence due to lack of spon­sor­ship.

A to­tal of 23 teams have been reg­is­tered for the league, which roars into life at LCS Ground on Satur­day, open­ing what is hoped to be a new and fruit­ful chap­ter for the sport.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Matšepo Mohau, the league’s re­turn was long over­due be­cause of the sup­port the sport used to com­mand among Ba­sotho.

Ms Mohau said: “We have reg­is­tered 23 teams in all the dis­tricts of the coun­try, save for Qacha’s Nek.

“The net­ball league is go­ing to have a fe­male, male and vet­er­ans cat­e­gory, and we are do­ing this to en­sure that sup­port for net­ball is rekin­dled once again.

“We have not held this league for two years due to lack of fund­ing, and hope­fully, things will be bet­ter this time around, and we will re­ceive the nec­es­sary sup­port from the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to fund­ing.”

The in­clu­sion of the vet­er­ans, Ms Mohau added, was to mo­ti­vate the young­sters and also tap into the ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese sea­soned play­ers.

“The vet­er­ans will bring skills that we be­lieve can be mo­ti­va­tional to the younger play­ers. The over­all aim, like I said, is to make sure net­ball be­comes a dom­i­nant sport, and not a mi­nor­ity pas­time that is not taken se­ri­ously at all by the public.”

Mohau fur­ther said the fix­tures would be drawn on Satur­day, with the league pro­gramme set to run for four months.

“The games will be played based on the re­gions of North, South and Cen­tral, with the fi­nals set for Au­gust on a date yet to be iden­ti­fied.”

on what would be on of­fer for the teams, and in­di­vid­ual play­ers, Mohau said due to the ab­sence of a cor­po­rate spon­sor “at the mo­ment”, the prizes were yet to be con­firmed.

“So far, we are only be­ing sup­ported by the Sports Com­mis­sion, but we are hop­ing that the cor­po­rate world would soon get on board.

“our aim is to give prizes to the top three teams at the end of the sea­son in Au­gust.”

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