LDF plot to skin Redskins

LDF plot to skin Redskins

MASERU  – Local juggernauts Redskins and Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) will contest the final of the first Metropolitan Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) League mini-tournament on Saturday. The clash will take place at the Makoanyane sports grounds and both clubs will be itching to get their seasons off to the best possible start.

The Metropolitan LVA League is divided into four mini-tournaments which run until October when the men and women’s teams with the most points are crowned national champions. Redskins, the defending men’s champions, and LDF have been the dominant clubs in Lesotho volleyball in recent years and they are favourites once again this season. Both stormed through last weekend’s opening round robin phase to reach the finals.
Speaking on Tuesday, LVA public relations officer Buller Phalatse said the duo’s dominance is unsurprising given they play a lot of international games that boost their players’ motivation and mental strength.

The Redskins men’s team, for example, are headed to the 2018 African Volleyball Championship at the end of the month after finishing third at the African Zone 6 Club Championships in December.

As a result, Phalatse said he expects fireworks when Redskins and LDF meet in this weekend’s finals.
“Both LDF and Redskins are teams that played international games several times (last year) that is why they are highly motivated and strong both in the men and women’s competitions,” he said.

“We are expecting fireworks in the finals because they are two strong teams.”
Another key to the clubs’ dominance is their professionalism, Phalatse said.
“I am also impressed with the coaches and players as they all arrive on time for matches and that is good because we want to migrate from amateur to professional volleyball,” he said.

“The discipline from players and in the game itself is very impressive too. Players have improved and are well prepared during the matches. We have a long way to go to reach professionalism but our job is to sell our volleyball for everyone to witness our talent so that we can get sponsors,” Phalatse added.

Last weekend’s round robin, which was also held at Makoanyane, certainly helped to sell local volleyball thanks to the high level of competition that was on show and Phalatse said the LVA left impressed. “The performance was massive and I am impressed,” he said.

“Maybe coaches and players joined hands in preparing while the league was on break. Even players who used to be substitutes last season were improved. They were brave and performed very well when they featured in the first six (starting players),” he said.

Phalatse reserved the most praise for Limkokwing University’s men’s team which was knocked out by in the semi-finals by heavyweights Red Skins in five tough sets despite their youth. “I saw a lot of improvement from Limkokwing University especially because they are new but managed to get to the semi-finals,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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