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Lesotho U-21 netball team takes on SA

Nov. 28, 2019 2 min read

MASERU – The Lesotho Under-21 netball team takes on their South African counterparts in a curtain raising clash ahead of the Spar Proteas series matches in Cape Town at Velondrone.

The series matches will be played from November 29 to 30 and on December 1. Team Lesotho left the country on Tuesday for Bloemfontein and is expected to have arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday to have a two-day rest to recover before the commencement of the games.Lesotho’s participation in the games is aimed at preparing the Under-21 team for the Youth World Cup due in 2021, with officials saying time for players in the court and training gives them better preparation - both countries are set to embark on activity in the international stage of netball.

Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) spokesperson ’Mamakebe Moshoeshoe, said Lesotho received the invitation on Friday after the previously invited Zimbabwe failed to honor the invitation.

to beat them despite this challenge. She said these strategies would be put to test in these forthcoming games.  The Lesotho Under-21 netball team players are drawn from Leqele High School. Moshoeshoe added that the invitation came at the right time when the team was preparing for its league matches.

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Moshoeshoe said they saw this as a world class invitation as they prepared the team for international games. Team Lesotho became the laughing stock by of regional netball after losing all their games in the recent 2019 African Netball Cup Championships, also played in the neighbouring South Africa.  In the 2019 African Netball Cup Championships Lesotho were defeated 116-10 by South Africa, 74-24 by Kenya and 98-24 by Uganda.

The tournament was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from October 18 to 23 and featured seven nations including hosts and champions South Africa along with Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. “In this team there are seven players who represented the country in the senior national team at the recent 2019 African Netball Cup Championships, and this has helped a lot because of the experience they gained, which will benefit us in the upcoming tournaments in the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games,” said Moshoeshoe.

She agreed that they did not perform well in the African Championships. “But we learned from our mistakes, and it is through games like this that we will monitor players’ progress in eradicating mistakes.”She pointed out that Team Lesotho’s biggest challenge was the height variation as players from other countries were relatively taller than them. She however, revealed that they had come up with strategies

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