Lesotho netball team humbled

17:02, September 10, 2010      

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Lesotho's netballers were this week reminded of the gulf in class between them and the rest of Africa when they were thrashed at the qualifying tournament for the World Netball Championships.

The team is expected to be home on Friday after Lesotho, ranked 23rd and last in the world, were thumped 50-25 by Tanzania, walloped 84-16 by South Africa and in their last Pool A match Wednesday, clobbered 58-24 by Zimbabwe, reducing their remaining matches in the tournament to dead rubbers.

The qualifying tournament, currently on in Pretoria, South Africa, started on Monday and ends on Saturday.

Only the top two of the eight teams in Pretoria will make it to the World Netball Championships in Singapore in July next year.

Malawi, by virtue of their top-five world ranking, are automatically through to the championships.

There are only 23 teams in the world rankings by the International Federation of Netball Associations.

Despite the humbling experience, Lesotho' s head of delegation Moipone Mashale surprisingly insisted the team had done well.

"We are playing well," Mashale from Pretoria by in a telephone interview. "We have played three teams and they have defeated us."

She refused to talk further about Lesotho' s performance in the qualifiers, saying "Can' t you wait for us to come back home and give you a press release regarding this matter?"

Source: Xinhua


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