Butha-buthe dis­trict to host net­ball feast

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THE first round of the 2015 Na­tional Net­ball League comes to an end on 4 July with the last matches set for Sofia High School in Butha-buthe.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LNA) public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Matšepo Mo­hau, it has been plain-sail­ing since the sea­son started in May, with 15 fe­male teams bat­tling for the M4000 first prize, while 10 male teams are fight­ing for the win­ners’ purse of M2500.

The run­ners-up in the fe­male cat­e­gory are set to re­ceive M3500 with sec­ond-placed male team tak­ing home M1500.

“We launched the sea­son on 23 May with teams from the South, North and Cen­tral re­gion play­ing each other in Maseru and on 13 June, teams from the Cen­tral re­gion vis­ited the South and played their matches in Mafeteng. So these are the last matches of the first round when teams from the Cen­tral re­gion would be vis­it­ing their North­ern re­gion coun­ter­parts,” Mo­hau said.

Fans turnout, she added, have been “promis­ing” as the league had been in­ac­tive for two years due to lack of funds.

“The turn-up of teams has been re­ally good save for Thaba-tseka and this was due to bad weather. But all in all, we are sat­is­fied with the pos­i­tive re­sponse from our teams,” she said.

Mo­hau fur­ther noted the LNA would se­lect the se­nior and un­der-20 teams next week­end.

“Af­ter the week­end games, we will be­gin the process of se­lect­ing the na­tional un­der-20 and se­nior teams. The sec­ond round of the sea­son would then start in Au­gust, with the fi­nals sched­uled for Oc­to­ber.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, she said, is set for 11 July in Maseru.

“A new LNA com­mit­tee would also be elected at the AGM.”

Lika­tola face off against Swaziland at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena in this file pic.

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