Net­ball drub­bing ‘a learn­ing curve’

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE un­der-21 net­ball team has crashed out of the Africa Net­ball World Youth Cup qual­i­fiers be­ing held in Botswana after los­ing all their open­ing four matches.

Le­sotho lost to Malawi, Botswana, South Africa and Zim­babwe to exit the com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day with three matches to play. The week­long tour­na­ment will end on Satur­day.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LNA) pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Matšepo Mo­hau, the tour­na­ment pro­vided valu­able ex­po­sure for the un­der-21 team.

She said the team would com­pete in the African Union Sports Coun­cil Games (SCASA) to be held in An­gola in De­cem­ber bet­ter pre­pared after the de­feats.

“Of course, we are dis­ap­pointed with the back-to-back de­feats, but our girls showed com­mit­ment in all their matches,” Mo­hau said.

“This was their first com­pe­ti­tion, and they gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence which will help them go­ing for­ward.

“They will leave Botswana on Satur­day bet­ter play­ers hav­ing learnt a lot from their more ex­pe­ri­enced coun­ter­parts who have been play­ing at this stage for some time.”

She said the team showed a lot of char­ac­ter in their 12-88 loss to Zim­babwe on Tues­day.

“The 12 points were the high­est we scored in the com­pe­ti­tion, and there were a lot of pos­i­tive to take home in our per­for­mance. Hope­fully, we will be a bet­ter team when we com­pete in the SCASA games in De­cem­ber.”

Mo­hau said the girls were no longer un­der pres­sure ahead of their games against Zam­bia, Uganda and Namibia as their fate was al­ready sealed.

“We knew by Tues­day that we had failed to qual­ify for the Africa Net­ball World Youth Cup, so our fo­cus is to try and im­prove on our weak­nesses such as get­ting more goals.”

The other coun­try com­pet­ing in the qual­i­fiers is Uganda, with the top three coun­tries qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup which will also be held in Botswana next year.

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