Likatola aim higher after Malawi win
FEDERATION of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) president Fetang Selialia says the national side’s win against Malawi last weekend is a massive boost for the development of the sport and also improves Likatola’s continental ranking.
Likatola, as the rugby national team is popularly known, defeated Malawi 31-11 last weekend in Blantyre. Selialia said the result was a major boon for the national side as it continued to grow.
“This was the first international game between the two countries, and it was not just any other match. It was a test qualifying game, and now we have a higher ranking after winning the match,” he said.
Selialia said they were initially concerned by the physicality of the Malawians.
“We worried before we left for Malawi that our opponents were a bit bigger and stronger than our players. However, it was a different story once the game started.”
The rugby boss appealed to the corporate world to invest in the sport, saying they had the potential to become a force to reckon with on the continent.
“Likatola and the sport in general have made a lot of progress considering rugby was only established in Lesotho in 2012,” he said.
“We have so far won four out of seven international matches we played, and I think the introduction of the sevens competitions has really played a big part in improving our players over the last few matches.
Selialia added: “This is why we are pleading with the corporate sector to invest in rugby and help us grow.
“We are very thankful to those already on board as well as the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) who continue to fund our activities including the trip to Malawi last weekend.
“I would also like to thank Avani Lesotho who recently came on board by providing their gym to our players so they gain a bit of muscle because rugby is a very physical game.”
For his part, LSRC chief executive officer Kholang Mokalanyane, congratulated Likatola on their win and for the sport’s growth.
“LSRC, as the sport mother body is facing a lot of financial challenges because of the little money they get from government that has to be shared among the 32 associations,” Mokalanyane said.
“But we are happy on how the team has been performing and rugby in general is making strides to grow bigger. We are also doing our part to support all these associations so that they meet their goals.”