Volleyball giants Redskins have vowed to shine at the 2014 Inter-Club Zone VI Championship scheduled for Mozambique from 14-20 December.
The Redskins male team beat Kutloane of Botswana in the finals to win the 2010 edition of the regional tournament held in Botswana, but were knocked out in the quarterfinals last year, while the ladies’ side could not go past the group stage of the event.
However, according to two teams’ coaches Tšepo Raletooane and Tlhoriso Makenere, it is “very possible” to emulate the 2010 feat this time around.
“We have not been playing well since winning the Zone VI tournament in 2010, but this year, we are very strong and have prepared well for the event. I can confidently say we can win this championship because of the team we have now, which is extremely focused and very talented,” said Raletooane, who coaches the Redskins male team.
After winning the Correctional Extravaganza tournament in Swaziland last month, Raletooane further said the players had gained the much-needed confidence ahead of the Maputo championship.
“The Swaziland tournament was very helpful to us because we tested ourselves against unfamiliar opposition, and managed to identify our weaknesses in the process. We have been working on these shortcomings and hope to have polished them up by the time we go to the Inter-Club championship.”
However, Raletooane lamented lack of funds, which he said made it difficult for the club to plan. The Lesotho Volleyball Association, he added, had still not indicated if it would be sponsoring the team’s trip to Mozambique.
“Usually, the association takes full responsibility of the team that would have won the league title, when it goes to the Zone VI tourney. However, we have been told that there is no money and the association is still waiting to hear from the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission about the funding issue,” said Raletooane, who added the two teams hoped to have a two-week camp before departing for Mozambique.
On his part, Redskins female team coach, Makenere, also expressed optimism regarding the Zone VI championship.
“We are also in the middle of preparations and I am confident that we can do well, especially after the good performance we gave when we won the Correctional Extravaganza in Swaziland last month,” Makenere said.