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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cricket to hold camp, Likhopo to hold meeting

Lehlomela Ramabele (right) and his Likhopo teammates
have had a rough start to the season
The Lesotho Cricket Premier League has confirmed it will host its annual life skills and youth development camp for a third year. The camp was first hosted in 2014 and is usually held during the December school holidays.

In 2014, it was held in Leribe before shifting to Mafeteng last year. The Cricket Premier League has not confirmed the dates and venue for this year’s camp but it is believed the host will be Maseru.

The four-day camp aims to motivate cricketers and equip them with knowledge and skills to tackle daily life challenges. The initiative also has a HIV/Aids prevention element.

The camp is open to cricketers at all levels in Lesotho’s cricket pyramid and this year’s get-together is set to be themed ‘The uncommon beauty in sports’.

The Cricket Premier League says the camp is held in December because this is when students are home for their vacations. The majority of players in the Cricket Premier League are still in school and the league says it wants to keep them away from negative influences during the December holidays.

To football and struggling Vodacom Premier League outfit Likhopo will hold a crisis meeting today.

The meeting will involve the team’s management and technical staff and the club says it will strive to find solutions to Likhopo’s current poor run.

Likhopo have endured a dreadful start to the 2016/17 season and are 12th in the 14-team Vodacom premiership after seven matches.

The two-time league champions have undergone significant upheaval in recent months.

In May, the Red Army sacked Shalane Lehohla as coach just before the end of last season then, in the off-season, four senior players – Bokang Mothoana, Sefoli Ntoi, Nyakhane Nyakhane and Tefo Maipato – had their contracts terminated in an unexpected squad shake-up.

Former Lesotho captain Tšepo Hlojeng took over as coach for this season but the team has struggled. Likhopo have registered just one win and have lost five times in their seven league games this season.

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