All set for new vol­ley­ball sea­son

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE 2016 vol­ley­ball sea­son is ex­pected to get un­der­way next month. Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LVA) pres­i­dent, Wil­liam Nh­lapho, the sea­son would be pre­ceded by an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing later this month.

Red­skins won both the male and fe­male leagues last sea­son.

Nh­lapho, who was re­cently ap- pointed Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Vol­ley­ball vice-pres­i­dent, told the Le­sotho Times that the as­so­ci­a­tion was still ne­go­ti­at­ing with long­time spon­sor, Metropoli­tan Le­sotho, over a new deal for the up­com­ing sea­son.

“Our con­tract with Metropoli­tan ended last sea­son and we are still on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble for a new deal,” Nh­lapho said.

“It is a long and strong part­ner- ship and it’s just a mat­ter of fi­nal­is­ing de­tails of the new de­tails.”

The LVA has been re­ceiv­ing M40 000 a year from Metropoli­tan as well as a play­ing kit for the na­tional teams.

Speak­ing about his re­cent elec­tion to the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Vol­ley­ball ex­ec­u­tive, Nh­lapho said he was hon­oured to be the first Mosotho to as­sume such a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I have pre­vi­ously worked as vice-pres­i­dent at re­gional level, where I think I did very well hence I have been el­e­vated to a big­ger body,” said Nh­lapho.

“This tells me that we have the po­ten­tial to lead as a coun­try and I’m very hon­oured to be given such a big role at con­ti­nen­tal level. It was even spe­cial be­cause I was un­op­posed dur­ing the De­cem­ber elec­tions. For me, it shows that I have the qual­i­ties of a good leader and should also use my role to help take vol­ley­ball to an­other level in my coun­try.”

Nh­lapho said he had al­ready been given the green­light to work on projects that would boost vol­ley­ball at grass­roots level.

“I will be work­ing on tal­ent-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion projects to boost the sport in our coun­try and it has al­ready been en­dorsed by the pres­i­dent.”

Mat­lama striker Mote­bang Sera in ac­tion against LDF dur­ing the LNIG Top8 quar­ter­fi­nal clash played at LCS play­ground on Satur­day.

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