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LNA to train umpires, coaches

Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) is planning to host a coaches and umpires’ workshop before the end of this month.

LNA spokesperson Bohlokoa Hanyane told the Sunday Express recently that although their new league season will only start in January next year, they would use the time to ensure that they have capable umpires to officiate their games and also equip coaches with new skills.

“The aim is for the league to start in January next year so we have decided to hold a coaching and umpiring training this month,” Hanyane said.

“We want to improve netball in the country and we can only achieve that by having umpires who are up to standard while coaches’ skills are sharpened.”

Hanyane said at the moment, they are trying to secure sponsorship for the two trainings whose dates will be confirmed as soon as the negotiations are complete.

“As soon as the negotiations are done we will release the dates for the training. We are expecting both new and old coaches and umpires to participate.”

She said the registration for the new league has already started and will close on the last day of this month.

“Registration for teams has opened already and it will close by the end of this month.

“Our teams have shown great interest this time around and we have some new teams who have shown interest in joining our league. Last season we had nine male teams and 19 female teams so the target is for us to surpass those numbers in the new season,” she said.

She however, said they still face challenges with teams which register but fail to fulfil fixtures while others withdraw in the middle of the season.

“For now, the challenge we are facing is that of teams which register and then fail to honour the fixtures. Some register and play a few matches before they pull out in the middle which causes inconveniences. So, we have to come up with a strategy on how to deal with those challenges,” Hanyane said.

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