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Lesotho rugby federation launched

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Mikia Kalati

MASERU — Rugby will be a success in Lesotho.
That was the message from the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR), during yesterday’s official launch of the rugby association in Lesotho.
The federation was recently recognised as an affiliate member of the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC).
Speaking at the launch held at Lesotho High School grounds, the federation’s vice-president, Fetang Selialia, told the Sunday Express that the turn-out from both youngsters and those who have already been involved in the sport was impressive.
“I never expected people to come in such big numbers, it really shows that we started on a high note and the future is bright for rugby hopefuls,” he said.
“The establishment of the Maseru Kings, the local rugby team that has been competing in the Eastern Free State leagues, has led the way for rugby fanatics in this country and we want to see the sport growing even bigger in the coming months,” Selialia said.
He said more focus will be on developing youngsters under the age of 18, after introducing the youth development programme on the same day.
Selialia added: “At the moment facilities remain a challenge but the Minister of Sports, Ntate Thesele Maseribane, is keen to help us grow the sport. He had a meeting with us and has promised to help put the needed structures in place.”
Teams from South Africa also graced the celebrations, while Selialia said the members of the Botswana rugby association who attended the event came to give a helping hand to their Lesotho counterparts.
He applauded the support from the corporate sector and noted that telecommunication giant, Econet-Telecom-Lesotho and Castle Lager have played a big part in helping improve rugby.

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