Swaziland’s Bob  Cats skin Red Skins

Swaziland’s Bob Cats skin Red Skins

MASERU – Lesotho champions Red Skins agonisingly fell to Swaziland’s Bob Cats in the final of the annual Volleyball Winter Tournament held at Lehakoe Recreational Centre last weekend.
The three-day competition started last Friday and ended on Sunday.
It attracted an assortment of teams from around the region and, in the end, Bob Cats beat Red Skins 3-2 in the men’s final while in the women’s competition Rovers defeated Mahlaseli 3-1 to be crowned champions.

Speaking on Tuesday, Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) spokesperson Buller Phalatse gave the Winter Tournament the thumbs up saying it showed growth from last year.
“We are happy with how the competition went and the performance from the local teams compared to previous years,” Phalatse said.
“Our sport is growing very well in the country, we had many high school participants and (developing the) grassroots is the most important part,” he added.
“We already have a strategic plan that states our goals which include focusing on grassroots. We had a team from Thaba-Tseka in this tournament so that is more evidence to say the sport is growing all over the country.”

Phalatse said the LVA also used the Winter Tournament to prepare match officials as Lesotho gets ready to host the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games in 2020.
“Our biggest focus this year was also to promote our referees because in 2020 we are having regional games and we want to have a high standard of referees so that eventually our sports standards also rise,” Phalatse said.
“In 2020 we don’t want to go and look for referees outside the country.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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