KTA All Stars off to eSwatini

KTA All Stars off to eSwatini

MASERU – Lesotho’s representatives at the 2018 eSwatini Invitational International Basketball Tournament will leave the country today to participate at the annual regional championship.
This is the sixth successive year KTA All-Stars will attend the tournament while Lesotho’s other contenders, Bokamoso, will be making their second appearance.
Key KTA player, Ratšolo Molupe, says this year the team cannot return home with excuses.

Speaking to thepost yesterday, Molupe said KTA need to perform and come back from Swaziland with positive results.
KTA are in Pool A alongside JKT from Tanzania, MBB of South Africa, Mahotas of Mozambique and Malawi’s Brave Hearts.
Molupe said KTA have played some of their pool opponents before and know exactly what to expect from them.

Despite their local dominance, the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 National Basketball League champions have never gone further than quarterfinals in Swaziland. Molupe said KTA are aiming to change that this year. “Look, this is our sixth straight participation in this tournament,” he said.

“We have gained experience over the years but we have never gone beyond the quarterfinals. We have progressed out of groups but haven’t been able to get past the quarterfinals. (Two years ago) we lost a quarterfinal in the last minute of the game. This year we aim to reach the semi-finals.”

Molupe continued: “We have been gaining positive results and experience over the years but it’s about time we perform. We know the opponents we are playing against. We have beaten the Malawian team before, we have also played the other team from South Africa and we know what to expect. We cannot come with excuses and talk about challenges and money, we have to perform.”

Meanwhile, just as last year, Bokamoso are again competing in both the men’s and women’s section at the Eswatini Invitational. The ladies are in Pool B alongside JKT from Tanzania, South Africa’s Phoenix Flames, Botswana Defence Force and Vixens from Zimbabwe. The men’s team, on the other hand, is in Pool B against Craques da Boca from Mozambique, Munali Suns of Zambia, Botswana Defence Force and the host nation’s Imbumbe of Eswatini.

Luciah Phahla

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