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Likatola preparations on track

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The national rugby team’s preparations for their return fixture against Swaziland scheduled for April 26 in Mbabane are on track.
This is according to the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) secretary-general, Litšitso Motšeremeli.

Lesotho won the first leg of the crucial matches 5-3 in Maseru last month, and hope to prevail once again in the reverse tie.
Officials from the Confederation of African Rugby and International Rugby Board were at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena for the first-leg tie to assess whether the Lesotho team was ready for full accreditation to the two organisations.

But after edging their regional neighbours in their first competitive international fixture, Likatola, as the national team is known, go into the reverse tie confident of posting yet another win.

Motšeremeli said: “Our preparations are going on very smoothly for the return match, and the players are really looking forward to playing Swaziland again. We will have almost the same side for the return tie, save for two guys who are injured.”
Machabeng College, Motšeremeli added, had allowed the team to use the school’s rugby field for practice.
“We are grateful for this gesture, which has allowed the players to attend practice sessions without any difficulty,” he said.

Meanwhile, Motšeremeli further said the Lesotho rugby league remains on hold until after the Swaziland match.
“We still have the league on hold as we were preparing for the international match,” he said.

Speaking about the importance of the Swaziland tie, Motšeremeli said: “It’s an important fixture which not only brought glory to the nation but also accorded us some international recognition.”

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