Redskins on losing streak

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU - Redskins chances of performing well at the African Club Volleyball Championship are very slim after the Lesotho champions lost their two opening matches at the continental showpiece.Redskins lost 3-0 to Kenya Prisons before going down 3-0 to Memostar of Uganda on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The African Club Volleyball Championship which currently underway in Cairo, Egypt kicked off on Tuesday and end on April 6.

Now Redskins are left with three matches in the Pool A, one against Espoir of DRC today then followed the Egypt’s Al Ahly tie tomorrow and AS Police of Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday. Al Ahly are the defending continental champions, while Kenya Prisons are runners up. Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA)’s public relations officer (PRO), Buller Phalatse, said the two defeats one after the other obviously meant the going was getting tough for Redskins.

“It is obvious the going is getting tough for Redskins, they now have a very slim chances of going beyond the pool stages,” said Phalatse in an interview with Public Eye yesterday. Phalatse however said Redskins could still turn the corner if they could win all their three remaining matches.

But against Al Ahly, Redskins will need a miracle to emerge the winners. The question is can they even go through either Espoir or AS Police? “Who knows, they can turn the corner and go all way to the quarterfinals. “What I know is that teams like Al Ahly normally rest their best players once they realise that they already qualified for the next stage. So let us hope that by the time we play against them they would have qualified for the quarterfinals already,” Phalatse said. Top two teams from each pool, Phalatse said would qualify for the quarterfinals, including the best loser in all the pools.

This is the third time Redskins represented Lesotho at the competition. The first time was in 2011. Al Ahly is the most successful volleyball team in the continent after winning the African Club Volleyball Championships a record 12 times. The second most winners are CS Sfaxien of Tunisia with six titles.

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