Rugby sea­son roars into life

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE first phase of the six-team rugby league gets un­der­way on Satur­day in Roma.

Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby (FLR) sec­re­tary gen­eral, Litšitso Motšeremeli dis­closed this in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times this week.

The league will also be strength­ened by the re­turn of for­mer cham­pi­ons Gi­ants who went into a self-im­posed ex­ile last year in protest over poor ad­min­is­tra­tion of the rugby as­so­ci­a­tion.

“It is all sys­tems go for the new sea­son and I be­lieve the teams are also ready,” Motšeremeli said, adding, “There are a few things that need to be fi­nalised”.

“We also wel­come back Gi­ants af­ter they pulled out last year. We could not side­line them for­ever as they were the first rugby team in this coun­try and some of their mem­bers were there when the sport be­gan.

“But we still have to agree on a few things and the con­di­tions of their re­turn.”

The first match of the new sea­son will see LCS go head to head with Swal­lows while Mabote Beavers take on Gi­ants and NUL Spears will take on War­riors.

All the matches will be played in Roma.

The FLR sec­re­tary also said they were a lot of pos­i­tives ahead of the new sea­son af­ter the as­so­ci­a­tion elected a new, full com­mit­tee. Fe­tang Selialia re­tained his po­si­tion as pres­i­dent.

“The fact that we have a com­plete com­mit­tee means that ev­ery­one will carry out his du­ties ef­fi­ciently and no one will hold more than one port­fo­lio,” Motšeremeli said.

“It means that I will fo­cus on my job as the sec­re­tary and will not dou­ble up in some other ca­pac­ity which did not go down well with some mem­bers.

“We will strive for sta­bil­ity and our ob­jec­tive is to grow this league and make it com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

Motšeremeli also said the na­tional team, Lika­tola would par­tic­i­pate in the Africa 1D tour­na­ment in April.

Le­sotho will be bat­tle against south­ern African coun­ter­parts Swazi­land and Malawi. New FRL ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee: Pres­i­dent: Fe­tang Selialia, Vice Pres­i­dent: Let­sielo Mabi­tle, Vice Sec­re­tary: Mokhethinyane Mpakelet­sane, Trea­surer: Mo­rapeli Mo­taung and mem­bers are: Tokelo Bo­lata, Nt­sane Mahlatsi and Se­dumo Mnikazi.

Le­sotho Rugby league cham­pi­ons Gi­ants lift­ing the in­au­gu­ral league cham­pi­onship - File pic.

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