Volleyball tourney at Lehakoe

Volleyball tourney at Lehakoe

MASERU – The Volleyball Winter Tournament is set to take Maseru by storm this weekend as the Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) holds its annual flagship volleyball tournament at Lehakoe Recreational Centre. Each year the tournament produces eye-catching results and performances and, according to the LVA’s spokesperson Buller Phalatse, this year will be no different.
As usual, the tournament has attracted teams from outside the country which is part of why it has such a keen following.

This year the LVA is expecting several foreign teams such as Trailblazers of South Africa and Swaziland’s Street Kids and Customs to take part.
The three day tournament starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday.
“We expect the performance to be even better than last year,” Phalatse said.

“Teams have already started preparing and we have a few teams from outside the country that have already confirmed their participation.”
Phalatse continued: “This past weekend our international umpire Nqosa Mahao held a refresher course with the referees to remind them about the laws of the game to avoid many mistakes during the tournament. He was an umpire in Zimbabwe and this year in March he was in Egypt (at the 2018 Men’s African Club Championship), so you see we have a very experienced umpire. We want to have confidence in our referees, that’s why we tried to fix any mistakes.”

In recent years the Volleyball Winter Tournament has been dominated by foreign teams. Phalatse said the LVA hopes to change that in coming years.
“We are going to try and improve local volleyball starting from the development,” he said. “We are going to focus on the primary and high schools as well as tertiaries by holding coaching clinics and fixing mistakes at an early age.

“Interestingly, this year there is a team from Thaba-Tseka that will be participating,” Phalatse added.
“Normally, the Volleyball Winter Tournament is dominated by teams from Maseru and nearby places.”

Luciah Phahla

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