LESOTHO Rugby Sevens coach Litšitso Motšeremeli says his side has scaled up preparations for the Africa Rugby tournament that will run from 27 September to 2 October 2018 in Bujumbura, Burundi.
Lesotho will participate in Lusaka Sevens tournament from 28 August to 2 September 2018 in Zambia before hosting their second edition of Maseru Sevens scheduled for 14 to 16 September. Both tournaments are in preparation for the Burundi tour.
Motšeremeli said he is working on his charges’ physical fitness and has also requested for assistance from the Lesotho Mounted Police Service who assigned to the team one Letsielo Mabitle to assist with obstacle courses at Ha Mabote.
“We are trying to get the team ready because time is no longer on our side, as we speak (Wednesday) we are at Mabote Police station working with Ntate Mabitle who is helping us with obstacle courses,” Motšeremeli said.
“The tournament is made up of teams from the SADC region and it is a great opportunity for us to weigh ourselves since we are hosting the second edition of the Maseru Sevens on the 15th and the 16th of next month.
“Another good thing about the Zambia tourney is that there will be stiff competition as South Africa is bringing clubs from the Super League.
“The Burundi tournament on the other hand is the biggest on the continent and almost every region is going to be represented so that is where our focus is.”
He said they would use the preparatory tournaments to give their players exposure before the Burundi tour. He also said they are also using the tournament to trim their squad from the current 16 to 12 players.
“We have a provisional squad of 16 players at the moment and I will have to trim them down to 12. Most of the players are new because we dismantled last year’s team to match the body sizes of our opponents.”
Motšeremeli also said they are now waiting for a response to their request for flight tickets to the Zambia tournament from the government.
“We are hopeful that we will go to this tournament. The Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission said they do not have money so we asked for government assistance,” Motšeremeli said.