…first time held in Africa

Liapeng Raliengoane

LESOTHO, Maseru – A Lesotho-born woman will be among the volunteers offering assistance during the Netball World Cup 2023 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 06 August 2023.

Hailing from Mafeteng, ‘Matšepo Mohau is the only volunteer from Lesotho participating in the Netball World Cup 2023.

“I am participating in my capacity as a volunteer and not under any team or association. I took heed of a call for applications for volunteers and tried my luck, was called for a virtual interview and I made it through. I am the only one from Lesotho and as volunteers we will be playing a variety of roles such as hospitality, ticketing, court side assistance and many more in order to deliver a truly unique South African world cup experience,” Mohau disclosed.

Asked why volunteerism, Mohau said she believes she was born a volunteer as she is a selfless person and finds fulfilment in being of service to others.

A volunteer ‘Mats’epo Mohau

On her journey in sports, she expressed with delight that “I was on the committee for the Lesotho Netball Association from 2014 until 2018, became a team manager for Team Lesotho on the Region 5 games in Angola in 2016. I became part of Region 5 games in 2020 under the ceremonies cluster. I am currently the team manager for City Eagles Netball Club since 2018. This is the first time I am participating in the Netball World Cup because this also happens to be the first time it is hosted in the African soil.”

She added that what hinders many people from participating is the fact that it is self-sponsored. 

The Netball World Cup 2023 will be the 16th staging of the premier competition in the international netball, contested every four years.

This tournament will run from Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town. This will also mark the first time the tournament is held in Africa.

It was founded in 1963 and this year marks its 60th anniversary.