Rifles aim high

Rifles aim high

Maseru – Despite powering to a third consecutive National Basketball League (NBL) women’s title last weekend, Lichocha Shooting Rifles are not resting on their laurels.
Lichocha were crowned 2016/17 national champions on Sunday after beating Bokamoso North 49-45 in Game 5 of a thrilling women’s finals decider to win the series 3-2.
However, instead of celebrating, Lichocha are already out to reinforce their squad in order to retain their crown as Lesotho’s queens of basketball.

Speaking to thepost on Tuesday, Lichocha captain Khothalo Mpeta said the team is looking to add two players to fill its squad quota of 12 players.
“We need to recruit a few more players to make it a full team of 12 players; at the moment the team has only 10 players,” she said.

Even with a small roster of players, Lichocha’s women have been the team to beat for the last three years and Mpeta credited their success to the side’s hard-work and togetherness.
“It is because of the love we have between us as players,” she said.

“We trust each other and everyone knows what to do on the court. The love that we all have for each other keeps the squad in high spirits.”
Mpeta said it is their camaraderie that is the major reason Lichocha have been to able fend off the ever-improving competition in the women’s league.
This season Lichocha won 14 of their 16 regular league season games before sweeping to glory in the NBL playoffs.
“We work hard to win every game that we play,” Mpeta explained.

“We sweat to beat almost each and every team we come across. We won almost every game (this season); we only lost to one team in the first round (of the league) and one team in the second round,” she added.

With a third successive national title in the bag, Mpeta said Lichocha are determined to continue their growth and remain on the throne.
“Compared to the past two years there is a massive growth in the team,” she said. “We will work harder than we do now to defend the title next season.”

Mohloai Mpesi

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