|Lesotho preparing for Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers|
A preliminary 20 player squad has convened as Lesotho prepares for the Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers which will be held in Botswana later this month.
The qualifying tournament, which is for Africa’s ladies teams, will take place from July 23 to July 30. It will be contested by Under-21 teams from nine countries.
They nations are Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Botswana. Botswana will not be qualifying because it will host the Netball World Youth Cup which will be held in August 2017.
The three best African teams will seal a place from the Botswana qualifiers.
In total, each of the five participating continents will have three contestants each at next year’s World Cup. Botswana will complete the 16-team field.
Lesotho’s squad reported for duty last Saturday and it will begin full training tomorrow. Lesotho will begin its World Youth Cup Qualifiers against Malawi on July 24 in Gaborone.
Moving to football and the national Under-20 side has been boosted by the return to fitness of star striker Roboama Koloti. The Sundawana forward missed the Makoanyane XI’s 2-0 loss to South Africa on Sunday in the first leg of the sides’ 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier.
Koloti has resumed training and he is expected to be fit for next weekend’s second leg in South Africa.
The winner will qualify for next year’s African U-20 finals which have been scheduled for February 26 to March 12 in Zambia.