LNA un­veils team for re­gional tour­ney

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

NA­TIONAL net­ball un­der-20 team coach Ra­mafahla Thamae has re­leased a squad of twelve play­ers that will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Supreme Coun­cil for Sport in Africa (SCZA) Zone Six Youth Games.

The re­gional games get un­der­way in An­gola on 7 De­cem­ber and Ra­mafahla be­lieves his team is in good shape de­spite the fi­nan­cial prob­lems that re­sulted in the can­cel­la­tion of part of their train­ing sched­ule.

“Above ev­ery­thing, it is the de­ter­mi­na­tion of these play­ers that has got us through the tough times as we pre­pare for An­gola,” Ra­mafahla said, adding,

“We had to can­cel part of our train­ing sched­ule due to fi­nan­cial con­straints but the girls re­mained com­mit­ted through­out.”

He called on the team to take the same de­ter­mi­na­tion into the tour­na­ment and work to­gether to achieve good re­sults.

“The ma­jor­ity of play­ers are new to the na­tional team setup and they are ea­ger to learn and im­prove their game.

“They are happy to get game time, ex­po­sure and grow as a team,” he said.

He said they re­cently played and did well against Mach­abeng in a match where the aim was to “work on our strat­egy and get the com­bi­na­tions right”.

“The plan is to get as many games as pos­si­ble be­fore we leave for the tour­na­ment be­cause it is only then that we will see our mis­takes and rec­tify them.

“We also need to keep en­cour­ag­ing the play­ers to re­main fo­cused de­spite the dis­ap­point­ments that have seen some of their prepa­ra­tions called-off,” he said

He also said ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Le­hakoe Recre­ational Club for pro­vid­ing train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at their base as well as Al­liance In­surance and Mak print­ing who sup­ported their prepa­ra­tions.

Mean­while, the Le­sotho Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LNA) will hold an Open Fes­tive Tour­na­ment to be staged at Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Net­ball Grounds on 26 Novem­ber.

LNA pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Matšepo Mo­hau said the com­pe­ti­tion will fea­ture fe­male and male teams.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion agreed to stage one tour­na­ment be­fore the end of the year and we came up with the idea of the Open Fes­tive com­pe­ti­tion,” Mo­hau said, adding,

“Our league will only start early next year so we had to keep our play­ers in good shape be­fore then”.

Un­der-20 Net­ball squad for

SCZA games: Nt­soaki Mat­soakeletse, Boemo Lebesa (both Thet­sane High School), Mir­riam Phamotse (Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice), Rele­bo­hile Sekike, Lim­pho Makepe, Mat­seliso Toloane (All Le­qele High School), Nthomeng Ma­hao (Le­sia High School), Xoleswa Se­pele­mane (Mopholosi High School), Moliehi Mo­tumi, Than­dokazi Sekoati, Nandipha Mqhakane ( All Moorosi High School, Boi­tumelo Ma­pape (St Paul High School).

HIGH School stu­dents dur­ing a net­ball tour­na­ment played at Le­hakoe in this file pic­ture.

na­tional net­ball un­der-20 coach Ra­mafahla Thamae.

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