REGIONAL U-21 NETBALL CHALLENGE
which are members of Zone VI region will battle for the
prestigious 'Lesotho 2008 Confederation of Southern Africa
Netball Association (COSANA) Under 21 Challenge which
started on Monday.
The four-day tournament commenced with a procession from the
Lesotho College of Education (LEC), where the athletes are
staying and ended at Lehakoe Recreation Centre, where the
games will be staged. The procession was led by a military
Lesotho's athletes clad in Blue, Green and white stripes of
the national flag were prominent among the other four
countries Botswana, Malawi and South Africa as well as
Officially opening the tournament, the Director of Sports,
Mrs. Puisano Ts'osane, said netball is one of the biggest
sport predominantly played by females.
Mrs. Ts’osane said the tournament is played at the time when
Lesotho receives its first rains, after a long period of dry
'This is an indication that this morning showers indicate
that God has blessed the tournament.'
On the other, the representative of International Federation
of Netball Association (IFNA), Mrs. Joan Smit thanked the
government of Lesotho through the Lesotho Sports and
Recreation for supporting the initiative to hold COSANA
Speaking at the same occasion, president of COSANA, Dr Keba
Hulela said there are challenges facing the sport like
acquiring finances for the development of netball and
producing role models for the up and coming women.
She noted the importance of women engaging in netball,
saying it will help them become strong both mentally and
The Lesotho Sports and Recreation (LSRC) representative, Mr.
Teboho Tolo also welcomed the participants and wished them
enjoyable games and promised them warm hospitality from
Basotho as a nation.
Being the host nation Lesotho has two teams campaigning in
the tournament; one is the competitive team, while another
is a development side and will also open their account with
a tricky assignment against neighbours, South Africa.
The match that is expected to draw much attention is the one
between Botswana and Malawi together with South Africa as
the favourites to win the netball challenge.
COSANA U-21 Netball challenge is held annually and South
Africa is the reigning champions.
The objectives of the tournament are to encourage exposure
and competition for young athletes in the Zone VI region and
to promote friendship amongst member nations.
Source: LENA 06/10/2008