REBELS defeated Khubestate in an all-Basotho males final to win the annual Kovsies Basketball Tournament in Bloemfontein last Sunday.
Dolphins also walked away victorious in the female category to make it a brace for Lesotho teams in the tournament which started on Saturday and ended on Sunday.
According to Lehlohonolo Rajane of Khubestate, who was the tournament’s top goal scorer, the tournament was tough for Lesotho teams but they fought hard to ensure they played in the finals.
“It was a tough competition because physically, South Africans are better than us and also they have got height while most of our players are short,” Rajane said.
“But we also took advantage and used our speed and skill to win matches. It was good that once again the tournament was dominated by Lesotho teams.
“The players also dominated in terms of individual performance as evidenced by the top scorer prize that I bagged while Bokang Pharela of Rebels was named the most valuable player of the tournament.”
Rajane hailed the competition and said such events are vital for local players to give them exposure.
“If you are to grow and improve as a player, you need to get out of your comfort zone and get to experience new challenges and get to know how to deal with them.
“It is important that every year we participate in such tournaments. Of course, winning is important but also just playing helps us learn how to deal with new challenges. For instance, just as I have said, we know that other countries have more physical players, so we have to learn how to play against them as small as we are. We learn all that in regional, continental and international tournaments,” Rajane said.