New net­ball boss prom­ises changes

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Out­go­ing Lna pres­i­dent moipoine mashale. mikia Kalati

THE newly elected Le­sotho Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LNA) pres­i­dent, Sheila Moluoane, has vowed to im­prove the stan­dards of the sport in the coun­try fol­low­ing her elec­tion on Sun­day at Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, in Maseru. Moluoane re­placed her for­mer boss, Moipoine Mashale, who de­cided not stand for re­elec­tion.

Mashale had told this pa­per ahead of the elec­tions that she had done her part and it was time to bring new ideas. Moluoane said on top of her agenda would be the en­hance­ment of com­pet­i­tive­ness of the sport in the coun­try and pro­vi­sion of re­sources for teams out­side Maseru.

“I want to see the sport grow­ing in the dis­tricts be­cause I have learned from my time trav­el­ing around the coun­try that we are blessed with tal­ent,” Moluoane said.

“We even have the height that we have al­ways com­plained about in in­ter­na­tional games”

Moluoane told the Le­sotho Times that her love for net­ball comes from her days in pri­mary school and she con­tin­ued with the sport through dif­fer­ent stages un­til ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion level.

“From my time play­ing the sport in pri­mary school, I have never looked back and have al­ways been in­volved in net­ball.

“I have coached to help out young play­ers af­ter my re­tire­ment as a player un­til I moved into the man­age­ment side of the game,” she told this pub­li­ca­tion.

“It is then that I joined the Lerotholi Polytech­nic net­ball team when I was em­ployed there.

“I helped the team be­come com­pet­i­tive and it was from my in­volve­ment at the in­sti­tu­tion that I earned a place in the net­ball as­so­ci­a­tion where I served as the trea­surer for two terms be­fore be­ing elected as the pres­i­dent,” she said.

She said her ex­po­sure at the LNA will help her hit the ground run­ning as she is abreast with the is­sues in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I think that is the one ad­van­tage that I have, be­cause I do not have to waste any time try­ing to set­tle.”

She how­ever, ad­mit­ted that her com­mit­tee faces an up­hill task to lure the cor­po­rate world into net­ball.

“One of the ma­jor chal­lenges is that we need fi­nan­cial sup­port to help us on this jour­ney. We have spon­sors that are al­ready on board and what is im­por­tant is keep them closer and look for more to make our life eas­ier as the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“Se­cur­ing spon­sors can help us a great deal in the im­prove­ment of the level of com­pe­ti­tion and fa­cil­i­ties coun­try wide.”

The new com­mit­tee’s big­gest as­sign­ment in the up­com­ing months would be the im­prove­ment of Le­sotho’s per­for­mance in the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a poor show­ing in 2017.

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