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Rugby preparations on track


Moorosi Tsiane

Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FRL) secretary general, Litšitso Motšeremeli, says preparations for the three-nation 2015 Rugby South B Tournament the country would be hosting from 7-13 June are at an advanced stage.

Motšeremeli on Friday told the Sunday Express that Swaziland, Malawi and Lesotho would be fighting for a place at the Rugby Africa 1C Cup competition to be held next year in either Nigeria or Morocco.

“We have started preparations for the tournament, and are now in the process of finding suitable grounds for the competition. We will use either Pitso Ground or Bambatha because Leshoboro Stadium is already booked for those days,” Motšeremeli said.

Motšeremeli said 30 players are already training for the tournament.

“There is a squad of 30 players in camp, which will be trimmed to 25 a week before the games start,” he said.

Motšeremeli further said he was confident Lesotho would prevail in the upcoming tournament.

“This competition needs to be taken very seriously, which is why we have already started with our training. The players have been responding very well to training, hence my confidence that we will qualify.

“Winning this tournament will lead us to the 1C championship next year and if we also win, we will then qualify for the Africa B tournament to be held in Uganda in 2017. If we do well in Uganda, then we will join World Cup qualifiers.”

However, Motšeremeli said sponsorship remains a big challenge for local rugby.

“Funding still remains the biggest challenge we face as a federation but we already have two sponsors on board. We have also been in talks with several companies to see if they can also come in and help.”



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