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Volleyball ladies qualify for AAG

SHARE   |   Sunday, 10 May 2015   |   By Ontametse Sugar

 Botswana ladies volleyball team smashed the Mozambique to smithereens to secure themselves a place at the All Africa Games championships. The ladies sealed off the qualifiers with the same spirit that they had in the beginning of the qualifiers when they smashed Zambia by winning all three sets.

Though Botswana won the first set 25 -17, the Mozambicans were not giving up easily. As compared to the Mozambicans Botswana team seemed well built, which gave them an upper advantage since the Mozambican ladies looked small and young. Botswana team won all the sets, with the professional player Tracy Chaba proving her mettle.

Gasekgonwe Gaoleseletse, used intermittently as a sub, proved very effective - every time she got into the game she changed it completely. Gaoleseletse said the coach call her a secret weapon. This is because of her ability to go in and out and be a game changer. She said she knew very well that they have to win the qualifiers, because since 2011 as a team they have known that they don’t have any competitor in the region.  The Mozambican side was led by 19-year-old Vanessa Moanga while the local side had 28-year-old Tebogo Sejewe. The local captain expressed her gratitude for the support from Batswana. She said that pushed them to make sure that they do not disappoint the country and all the people that were rallying behind them.

Sejewe said they knew that the Mozambicans were never going to let them win that easily. Coach Isaac Samuel admitted that though the ladies managed to win they were not fit enough since they did not train together as a team. Mozambican coach Angelo Lourenge said they knew that Botswana was on a league of its own, and that they had to fight hard if they wanted to beat them. “I am also building a team that is why most of my players are young people. I am happy for the experience that they have got," he said. The men's game proved to be very difficult from the start, with Mozambique going all out to win 3-0. Having lost the chance to participate at the All Africa Games for the second time, local coach Torres Manuel said it is for them to go back to the drawing board and prepare for the other coming competitions and also build a stronger team.