Lika­tola bullish de­spite thrash­ing

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Na­tional rugby team coach, Roy Nyasha Zhou, says Satur­day’s 41-5 loss to Botswana was “a learn­ing curve” for his charges.

lika­tola, as the team is called, were com­pre­hen­sively beaten at Bam­batha tšita Sports arena in a prepara­tory friendly match for the africa Cup Di­vi­sion 2 tour­na­ment to be held in Rwanda from 15-21 May.

this was the second time the two na­tional teams were fac­ing each other and af­ter Botswana beat le­sotho 44-3 in July 2014, ex­pec­ta­tions were lika­tola would turn the ta­bles this time around.

How­ever, it was the vis­i­tors who ran out com­fort­able win­ners but Zhou in­sists the play­ers put up a bet­ter show than they did two years ago.

among those who watched Satur­day’s match was King let­sie iii, who is an avid fol­lower of the game.

“We knew Botswana play at a higher level than us, but that is the kind of prepa­ra­tions we needed ahead of the big com­pe­ti­tion in Rwanda,” Zhou said.

“For us, it was about test­ing our play­ers, find­ing the right com­bi­na­tions and iden­ti­fy­ing our weak­nesses and i think we achieved that in the match.”

le­sotho only man­aged a sin­gle try from Sech­aba Mokhele but Zhou be­lieves the team could have done much bet­ter had they not missed five penal­ties.

“like i said, Botswana are ahead and have been play­ing this game longer than us. But there were a lot of pos­i­tives for us in this match which we will take to the tour­na­ment in Ki­gali,” said Zhou.

“We have about a week-and-a-half to con­tinue with our prepa­ra­tions and we have learned from our mis­takes.

“all we have to do now is dust our­selves up and pre­pare for the bat­tle await­ing us in Ki­gali.”

team cap­tain, Sa­muel takama, echoed his coach’s sen­ti­ments, adding Botswana were ideal op­po­nents ahead of the Rwanda rum­ble.

“it was good train­ing for us be­cause we knew even be­fore the match that it was go­ing to be tough.

“they are miles ahead of us as far as the sport is con­cerned so we knew we had a real bat­tle on our hands,” takana said.

“of course, we would have wanted a bet­ter re­sult and per­for­mance, but what mat­ters is we learned our mis­takes. it is up to us to use the few days left be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion starts to im­prove and be a bet­ter team.”

lika­tola will de­part for Rwanda on thurs­day next week and face hosts Rwanda, Bu­rundi and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo in the tour­na­ment.

Lika­tola squad Sa­muel takama (cap­tain), tšeliso Mabi­tle, lehlo­honolo Mat­soso, Mokone Cha­bana, Khosana thamae, Motheo Mokhothu, lapi Mat­soso, Mphaki Karabo, tinashe Mu­gayi, Molumo Retha­bile, Moleleki Moleleki, Se­dumo Monikasi, Sech­aba Mokhele, Reatile Joale, thabo Makuta, thiba thakhisi, Mot­latsi Moabi, lebo­hang Ntšinyi, tšepo No­mandla, litšitso Motšeremeli, Se­abata tsoeute, Mets­ing Mahloane, tlali Nkuka.

Na­tional rugby team.

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