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Redskins finally off to Egypt

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Moorosi Tsiane

THE reigning Volleyball Division A male champions, Redskins, were last night set to leave for the Africa Championships which will be held in Cairo, Egypt from Tuesday to 7 April.

Redskins booked their place in 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.

The Tšepo Raletooane coached outfit which was last weekend named the Lesotho Annual Sport Awards (LASA) team of the year, make their third appearance at the games. The last performance was 2011 after the debut in Durban, South Africa in 2006.

The team captain, Realeboha Macheli, said they excited to finally participate in the competitions after financial challenges threatened the trip.

“It was not an easy road for us but we kept focused especially following our performance in Zimbabwe last year where we booked our place at the games,” Macheli said.

“We thank the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) and the Ministry of Sports who have made it possible for us to travel.”

Macheli said they did all they could to prepare for the games despite the difficulties that they faced.

“It was not clear whether we would make it or not but we never despaired and we kept on preparing for the games. We are not going for the games just to add numbers but we will make sure to come back with a medal,” he said.

For his part, the LVA vice president, Lehlohonolo Ncheke, expressed gratitude to the authorities for facilitating the trip.

“This trip had so many challenges but we also thank the Redskins squad because they did not give up even when it was not clear if they would travel.

“This team has proven more than once that they are capable of doing the nation proud,” Ncheke said.

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