Rugby team forced to change name

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

a new name and fresh be­gin­ning for Gi­ants rugby Club, pre­vi­ously known as Maseru Kings.

The team, which had to change its name due to some “le­gal com­pli­ca­tions”, be­gins a new era this week­end when they face Maseru Se­lect at LCS Ground.

Ac­cord­ing to club trea­surer, Realoboha Se­goete, the team could not reg­is­ter as Kings with the Law Of­fice be­cause of the Royal Fam­ily con­no­ta­tion. The team had been known as Maseru Kings Rugby Club since its for­ma­tion in 2011, and com­pet­ing in the Grif­fons Se­nior Mans Liga — one of the Free State Prov­ince’s am­a­teur rugby leagues.

“The match will mark the be­gin­ning of a new era for us. We had to change the name from Maseru Kings to Gi­ants Rugby Club be­cause we were told that we could not reg­is­ter the team as Kings as that name is for the Royal Fam­ily and no team can be named after them,” Se­goete said.

“On Satur­day, 29 Novem­ber, we will be play­ing the Maseru squad that has been as­sem­bled by the Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby (FRL) to mark this new be­gin­ning and we hope to do well un­der the new name.”

Se­goete added as part of the cel­e­bra­tions, there would be an aware­ness cam­paign on the dan­gers of HIV and AIDS, as well as other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions that mostly at­tack the youths.

“We will be work­ing jointly with the Min­istry of Health and Pop­u­la­tion Ser­vice In­ter­na­tional (PSI) and be­gin the day’s com­mem­o­ra­tions with a fun walk, which will be fol­lowed by HIV/AIDS ed­u­ca­tional talks, test­ing and coun­sel­ing and minirugby ju­nior games. The match be­tween Gi­ants and Maseru Se­lect will end the day’s cel­e­bra­tions.”

Gi­ants are cur­rently the na­tional rugby sevens cham­pi­ons and also play and also play do­mes­ti­cally, in ad­di­tion to tak­ing part in the South African am­a­teur league.

Mean­while, Se­goete told the Le­sotho Times that Gi­ants have ap­pointed for­mer na­tional team (Lika­tola) coach, Ba­holo Chi­mombe, as their new coach on a twoyear con­tract.

“Be­cause we now have a new name, we also had to cre­ate a new logo for the team and have also ap­pointed Ba­holo Chi­mombe as our new coach after JB Hack­ing left us,” said Se­goete.

“We are start­ing pre­par­ing the team for the lo­cal league which starts in Jan­uary and ends March when the East­ern Free State League re­sumes.”

Li­oli winger Lekhanya Lekhanya

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