LVA committee tasked with reviving sport

LVA committee tasked with reviving sport

Maseru – The Lesotho Volleyball Association’s (LVA) new executive committee has been tasked with reviving the sport in the country.
The committee was elected last Sunday. The association’s new public relations officer Buller Phalatse says the LVA is aiming to achieve its mandate of returning volleyball to its more successful days by hosting as many tournaments as possible.

As recently as 2010, Lesotho men’s champions Redskins were crowned regional kings when they beat Botswana’s Kutloano in the Zone 6 Club Championships.
However, local volleyball has plummeted since with a decline in performance and participation.

Phalatse said volleyball used to be the talk of the nation and he insisted the LVA’s new leadership wants to sell the sport to Basotho once more.
“In those days volleyball was mostly played by youths and their performance was always growing, internationally one of our teams in Lesotho (Redskins) won the Zone 6 championship and managed to play in the African Volleyball Championships in Egypt (in 2011),” he said.

“We want to instill the love of volleyball in the hearts of Basotho and make the new and upcoming players realise that it is a career like it is in neighbouring South Africa,” Phalatse said.
Phalatse added that the LVA will encourage high school teams to enter the LVA Metropolitan League which already houses teams from tertiary schools such as the National University of Lesotho, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Lerotholi Polytechnic.

He said the LVA will challenge each of the country’s ten districts to produce at least three competitive teams.
“We want to take volleyball back to where it was before; we want to sell it to Basotho. We already have tertiary teams in the A and B divisions and we want to have high school students competing as well,” he said.

Phalatse explained that having many tournaments and games would rapidly revitalise volleyball in the country. He added that the association, which will be led by Mpho Palime, intends to involve companies in its drive to develop the sport. The new LVA Metropolitan League season is scheduled to begin at the end of March but the LVA will meet this week to discuss an exact starting date. LVA Metropolitan League teams:
A-Division:
Men
Red Skins, LDF VI, Mazenod, Green Spikes, Mahlaseli, LMPS, LUCT
Women
Red Skins, LDF VI, Green Spikes, Mahlaseli, LMPS, LUCT, Rovers, Under 20

B-Division:
Platoon, Rovers, Super Eagles, LP VI (Men) LP VI (Women) H-Flows, D-Stars (Men), D-Stars (Women), Melody Ea Naledi, Nqechane, Mohale’s Hoek, TY Ribbons, LAC, Botha-Bothe, Lithabaneng (Men), Lithabaneng (Women), Ben 10, Sweet 16s, Thaba-Tseka, LEC (Women).

The newly-elected LVA committee:
President: Mpho Palime
Vice-president Admin: Maipato Molula
Vice-president Finance: Letsatsi Ntsibolane
Vice-president Technology: Tlhoriso Makenete
Secretary general: Bulane Sechele
Vice secretary general: Sebolelo Ntlhokoe
Public relations officer: Buller Phalatse
First member: Lehlohonolo Taela
Second Member: Puleng Mosola
Third Member Kananelo Hanyane

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