Redskins lift Zone VI title

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MASERU — Giants Redskins Volleyball Club ended their six-year title drought last Saturday when they beat defending champions Kutloano in the Inter-Club Zone VI Championships.

The week-long games were held in Gaborone, Botswana.

Four teams — Redskins (both female and male teams), Lesotho Defence Force and Lesotho Mounted Police Service represented Lesotho.

Following their triumph at the games, Redskins will now represent Zone VI countries at the African volleyball championships to be held in Morocco in April.

According to reports from Botswana, Redskins began their campaign on a high note when they beat Botswana Defence Force 3-2 in the opening match on December 14.

The following day, Redskins continued on their impressive run when they hammered the Hawks from Zimbabwe 3-1.

The victory saw the local volleyball giants qualify for the semi-finals where they faced Swaziland.

They then edged Swaziland 3-2 at the semi-final stage before facing Kutloano in the final last Saturday.

Redskins coach, Tsepo Raletooane, attributed his team’s victory to years of experience attained from participating in previous competitions.

 “We were prepared like any other years but we are now reaping the fruits of past experiences,” Raletooane said.

He said it was a good feeling to finally win the tournament.

“We didn’t believe we could beat the defending champions at the finals because this year’s competition was very tough,” Raletooane said.

“It was just an amazing experience,” he said.

Raletooane said with the support the home side enjoyed, it was a good feeling to win the game.

“The hall was full of Batswana who had come to see their team retain the title.

“But it was the other way round because we made the Lesotho teams who were around to support us.

“The performance was satisfying.”

He however said it was going to be difficult to source funds for the Morocco games.

“The main thing right now is to start preparations (for Morocco) immediately. But I don’t think we can make it on our own,” he said.

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