The Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) secretary general, Litšitso Motšeremeli, has expressed confidence that Lesotho would do well at the 2014 Interprovincial Rugby Sevens Tournament to be held in Welkom, South Africa, on 27 September.
Motšeremeli told the Sunday Express on Friday that the federation was asked to send the national rugby sevens team to the tournament, which is set to feature teams such as Free State Cheetahs, Bulls, Griffons, Kings and Griquas.
“The invitation from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) had requested us to send our national side to the tournament, but since we do not have a Sevens team, we decided to assemble players from Maseru teams and send them to the competition, hence it would be called Maseru Select.
“This is an annual competition used by SARU to promote Sevens rugby in South Africa, and we are really proud to have been invited to such a prestigious event,” Motšeremeli said.
The team, Motšeremeli added, was now in its second week of training for the tournament, and would be ready to fly the country’s flag high, by the time of the competition.
“The players have been training for two weeks now and are in very good shape already. I am very optimistic of good results at the tournament despite our inexperience regarding this form of rugby.”
Motšeremeli said the fact that the FLR has been receiving such invitations from South Africa is a clear sign that Lesotho rugby has been making strides since the federation was established in 2012.
“It makes us really proud, as a federation, to be getting this kind of recognition because it shows that our rugby is being taken seriously by powerhouses such as South Africa and that we are improving with each outing. We hope to continue working hard and eventually become one of the powers of the game on the continent,” said Motšeremeli.