Lahldas ready for another Champions Cup

2017-05-04 06:00
 Photo: suppliedVeteran setter, Ryaan Lahldas (pictured) gears up for yet another Champions Cup.

Photo: suppliedVeteran setter, Ryaan Lahldas (pictured) gears up for yet another Champions Cup.

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THE veteran setter Ryaan Lahldas (38) is gearing up for yet another Champions Cup hosted by Volleyball South Africa.

Lahldas heads into this year’s edition of the country’s premier club competition, which gets underway at the UKZN Westville Sports Centre today (April 27), as the most decorated active player.

The mercurial playmaker who hails from Tongaat has won the competition six times. In the colours of Gauteng-based giants, Delfos, he lifted the trophy five times in a row while he got his most recent taste of victory last year with hometown club, Liberte.

Over the year’s Lahldas’s setting skills have been worth their weight in gold. Along with his prized winner medals he has six Best Setter of the tournament awards at the Champions Cup to his name.

This year he will turn out for Tongaat-based outfit, Maidstone Volleyball Club having joined the team at the start of the season.

Lahldas said: “The Champions Cup means a lot to me. There is a lot of rivalry between players and it is the only platform where we can face the best clubs from around the country.”

Affectionately known as ‘Spits’, Lahldas said he was looking forward to working with a young Maidstone team who finished in the top eight of last year’s tournament.

“I feel that this is a team with a good future. I am hoping to guide these youngsters so we can challenge the bigger sides in KZN and the country.”

Lahldas enjoyed an illustrious career with the junior, university and senior national teams.

Having worn the green and gold in Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, China, Japan and Italy, he knows exactly what it takes to play at the highest level.

“It will be a big challenge for Maidstone, but the boys are growing in confidence,” he said.

“Winning the club championships shows great will and determination as the tournament schedule is very tight and there is not much time to rest during games,” he said.

He is well over two decades into his playing career, but the father-of-two still has a burning desire to continue competing.

“I plan to carry on playing for the next few years and then move into a coaching role. Much focus needs to be given to junior volleyball which in recent years has been non-existent,” Lahldas concluded.

- Supplied.




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