LNA in talent search initiative
THE Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) has embarked on a talent identification exercise in the country’s 10 districts.
The talent search started in Butha-Buthe and Mokhotlong last weekend while this weekend they are in Quthing and Mohale’s Hoek.
LNA development director Telang Machela told the Sunday Express that they would leave no stone unturned as they are trying to build a national team to represent the country in international competitions.
“For a long time, people have complained that only Maseru based players get a chance to represent the country and we want to ensure that we do not leave anyone out,” Machela said.
The campaign is financed by the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC).
Machela however, lamented that they have received very low numbers in the first two districts.
“We expected more than 100 girls aged 17 to 20 years but the attendance was so poor. We also discovered that a lot still needs to be done to develop players in the districts. Among those who came, only a few understand the basics of the sport while the rest know nothing.”
He said among other characteristics, they are looking for players who are tall.
“Height has been one of our biggest challenges in the competitions that we have participated in.”
Machela pleaded with the district sports organisers to assemble as many girls as possible for the scouting.
“We hope to come up with at least seven players from each district and these will later be called into the national team,” Machela said adding that they would soon organise workshops in the districts.
Machela said among the tournaments that they are preparing for is the Under-21 Netball World Cup Qualifiers to be held in May in Uganda and the 2020 African Union Sport Council Region (AUSC) Region 5 Games penned in for this December in Lesotho.