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LNA’s African champs trip in the balance

Moorosi Tsiane

PLANS for the upcoming African Women Netball championship scheduled for Zambia next month are in disarray as the Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) is yet to release funds for the team to commence its preparations.

The tournament, which will also serve as the World Cup qualifier that will be played next year, will run from 14 to 19 August 2018.

Sources close to LNA said the executive is mum on the preparations for the tournament although the provisional 14-member team has already been selected.

“Thabo Mochochoko was appointed as the coach and assembled his provisional 14-member team last month,” the source said.

“The team was supposed to start its preparations immediately after selection since the upcoming tournament is tough and requires thorough preparations. However, no one knows what is happening except the executive.”

The source added that the LNA president Sheila Moluoane has also avoided talking about the matter. The source said there were also unconfirmed reports that the association does not have any money for the preparations.

“Several attempts to get updates from the president have been fruitless as she has avoided talking about the issue. It is a sad situation because the LNA will send an ill prepared team for the tournament which will perform disastrously.”

Although the LNA national league is reportedly set to commence on Saturday, efforts to get confirmation about the venues were also fruitless as the association’s spokesperson Boiketlo Hanyane said she was out of the country.

“I am out of the country so I will not be able to talk to you,” Hanyane said.

The Sunday Express also contacted Moluoane who referred all questions to the secretary general.

“The person who is allowed to comment on LNA matters is our public relations officer but if she said she could not talk to you, I will give you our secretary general’s contacts so that you contact her,” Moluoane said.

For her part, the secretary general, Anna Shale, also referred questions to the development director who could not be reached before the time of print.

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