Netball team off to Zim tourney

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Moorosi Tsiane

LEQELE High School will participate in a two-day tournament in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe next Friday and Saturday as part of their preparations for the national netball league.

Dubbed the Unity Cup, the tournament is being held as part of the commemorations of the 22 December 1987 Unity agreement between Zimbabwe’s then major political parties including the ruling Zanu PF party. The agreement brought to an end a period of civil conflict which reportedly claimed the lives of at least 20 000 civilians in that country from 1981 to 1987.

Leqele will feature as the guest side alongside netball from Bulawayo.

Leqele coach, Shanduka Munyaradzi, who originates from Zimbabwe said he would take his senior and junior teams in order to give them international exposure.

This is Munyaradzi’s second trip to Zimbabwe this year as he also toured in June and played different teams including the Zimbabwean under 21 side that is preparing for the U-21 Netball World Cup qualifiers in Botswana next month.

“This is an annual tournament that is contested by teams from the Bulawayo province so we will be their guests this year,” Munyaradzi said.

“I think this will be a good opportunity for my players as they will rub shoulders seasoned netball players as we are also preparing for our league matches.

“The aim is to clinch our first national league title and that can only be achieved by good preparations as we are playing also strong and experienced teams such as LCS here at home.

Munyaradzi said he would take the junior team as part of efforts to groom as many young players as possible in order to increase the national pool ahead of next year’s Africa Union Sport Council (AUSC) games in Botswana.

He thanked Skillshare Lesotho for providing the team with a playing kit.

“We had hit a brick wall in our efforts to secure sponsorship until Skillshare Lesotho came to our rescue and gave us a playing kit. I wish other companies would also invest in sport so that it can grow,” he said.

 

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