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Lack of funds hits handball preps

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The Lesotho Handball Association say lack of funding is hampering their preparations for the Challenge Trophy Zone VI tournament in March.

The competition will be held in South Africa.

The association’s development officer, Jobo Pulumo, told the Sunday Express on Friday it is always difficult for Lesotho to perform well at such tournaments because of lack of adequate preparations.

“We cannot stand here and tell you that we will better our position from fourth to second in this tournament because our opponents are always better prepared than us,” Pulumo said.

“They will always beat us because they are well prepared and plan ahead. We just can’t do that because of lack of funding for our programmes.”

He added: “For instance, we will only be starting our preparations on January 21 while South Africa has already started their training.”

Pulumo however acknowledged that it was not only handball that was suffering from lack of funding.

“It’s not handball alone, but all the sporting codes in this country are always affected by lack of adequate training because of lack of funding,” he said.

Pulumo said they will start their preparations for the Zone VI tournament by holding trials at Ha Mabote next Saturday to select both male and female teams.

“Our preparations will only begin on January 21 when we will hold trials for our players at the handball pitch in Ha Mabote,” he said.

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