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Redskins Egypt trip in limbo

Moorosi Tsiane

THE Lesotho men’s volleyball champions, Redskins’, trip to Caro, Egypt, for the 2018 African Club Championship scheduled for 27 March is in limbo as they are still to receive funds for the preparations from the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC).

Redskins booked their spot at the continental showcase in December last year after coming third out of 18 teams in the Zone VI Senior Club Championship held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Tšepo Raletooane, the Redskins coach, told the Sunday Express on Thursday said they were yet to receive the money from the LSRC.

“We are still in the dark until now (Thursday) because last time we checked the ministry had approved the budget but were yet to give us the money,” Raletooane said.

“We have not heard anything but we have been training although lack of funds has affected us. We had asked for funds to be availed do that we can pay for the Lehakoe indoor facility but that has not been paid for. When it is raining like this we cannot train.”

Apart from the training, the club is supposed to have booked their flights and applied for their visas that is yet to happen.

“The games start on the 27th this month, that says we are supposed to leave the country at least this week but I doubt that will,” said Raletooane.

Secretary for the Lesotho Volleyball Association, Sebolelo Ntlhokoe, said they were trying hard to get the funds and had been assured by the ministry that the club would indeed make the trip to Egypt.

“We know how frustrating this might be for them (Redskins) but we are trying as hard as we can to see that they get the money and continue with their preparations,” Ntlhokoe said.

“It was only last week when the ministry assured us that the team would indeed go to the tournament but until today (Friday) we have not received anything.”

Ntlhokoe said they have so far only paid the registration fees for the tournament but said she was hopeful the once the money is availed they would make it to Egypt.

“We have already registered for them and now we need to get them flight tickets and visas. I am informed that it is possible to apply for their visas when they arrive at the airport in Egypt so we are still hopeful that the trip will materialise.

“Yes, these delays may affect them but we still hope they will be brave and when they go to Egypt, they will not just add to the numbers,” Ntlhokoe said.

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