The Mascom Volleyball League defending champions Kutlwano Ladies Volleyball Club has lost four key players ahead of the 2016 volleyball league that is anticipated to begin in the second week of April pending sponsorship negotiations with their previous sponsor (Mascom) who terminated the contract earlier this year.
Kutlwano commonly known as Bighouse in the volleyball cycles has lost Tracy Chaba who was recruited by Egypt’s Zamalek, Karabo Molefha (Vaal University of technology in South Africa), Sesha Matswiri and Ashley Harujezu both to BDF VI.
Harujezu faced fierce competition from team captain Tebogo Sejewe in the number two position which turned her into a bench warmer throughout the season hence her move to the army side hoping for game time. The pint sized setter Matswiri who was a regular in the team said it was her time to move to another club to test and prove her character as a player.
Bighouse ladies captain Tebogo Sejewe who is currently nursing an injury she incurred at the Olympic qualifiers in Cameroon 2 months ago said it was not going to be easy to defend the league like they did for the past years citing their uncertain squad depth.
“We have lost very prominent players who played a vital role in the team last season. We have been bossing the league for years now, but that era is nearing its menopause looking at the fact that we lost 2 cups last year to Mafolofolo who were giving us a hard time but we will remain strong and fight with what we have, our coaches are also out there trying to recruit new players as well” said Sejewe.
Daisy Golekanye, Thapelo Kamberuka, Pauline Moribame, and Caroline Rodger, the only regular players who are still with the team are expected to lead the side through the restructuring and recruiting period.
Sources have revealed that Bighouse might turn their back to their long lost players who were on the sidelines for a long period due to injuries and work commitments, Lekedzani Bayi (who played at the Zone 6 club championships that in Swaziland last year December) as the main target in their efforts to tighten the squad ahead of the crucial league campaign.
Even though the league sponsorship and commencement date is uncertain Kutlwano ladies coach Dopp Popo pleaded with the players to remain calm and focused not to be distracted by any of the challenges they are currently facing.
“We will be going through recruitment and building phase in our team and I am sure that we will pull through, we have done that before and we managed. It won’t be easy for us to defend the title but we are not going to giving away points, we are still a big team that can compete for the honors regardless of circumstances” added Popo.
He further stated that they are working around the clock to recruit new players who are already familiar with the elite league set up.
“If we fail to sign established players this season we will resort to our culture of developing our own players like we always do” explained Dopp.
Meanwhile the 2016 Mascom top 4 and Capital motors cup holders Mafolofolo are said to have lured in National team outside attacker Gabaresepe Mashaole from Kalavango volleyball club.