Likatola to play Test matches in Asia

Likatola to play Test matches in Asia

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – The Lesotho national rugby team looks set to continue its rapid rise by playing two Test matches in Asia next year.

The matches are an effort by the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) to meet requirements set by World Rugby that member nations should play outside their continent in 2017.

Speaking to thepost on Tuesday, FLR secretary general Litšitso Motšeremeli hailed the prospect of Likatola playing abroad saying it will improve rugby in the country.

The federation is targeting Indonesia and Malaysia as possible opponents.

Motšeremeli said FLR is also looking at the Middle East because it has similarly match opposition.

“This is one of the conditions from World Rugby that members in 2017 should play outside their continent which is why we are planning to go play some of our games beyond African borders next year,” he said.

“We are looking at Asia and America, not Europe. In Europe rugby is very big,” Motšeremeli added.

“However, we are not looking for a country where rugby is of a low standard. We are looking at countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and India.”

Motšeremeli said there is a lot to gain from the possible foreign trip because it will open doors and create jobs.

“Besides meeting the requirement of World Rugby we are also going to gain from this because we are going to get money for the development of rugby in the country and that means people are going to get jobs,” he said.

With the ever-changing weather conditions in Asia, Motšeremeli said FLR will also be careful when choosing opponents.

“Rugby is normally played in winter so we are looking at these countries to see which will be in winter,” he said.

“We will be looking for a country where it will be winter next year but, remember, the weather conditions are different in other countries, it can be very hot.”

Previous Fix the politics
Next Mathibelle prepares for Soweto Marathon

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/thepostc/public_html/wp-content/themes/trendyblog-theme/includes/single/post-tags-categories.php on line 7

About author

You might also like

Sports

Sello, Khereng off to Taiwan

Maseru – Rising talents Tšepang Sello and Khereng Khereng left for Taiwan on Tuesday to represent Lesotho at the Federation of International University Sport (FISU) Games. Sello, a 2016 Olympian,

Local News

Ramaphosa pleads for dialogue

MASERU – SADC envoy Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday expressed hopes that the Post-Elections National Dialogue will mark the beginning of Lesotho’s recovery from conflict and instability. Speaking at the Post Elections

Local News

Take no nonsense, says deputy minister

MASERU – DEPUTY Public Works Minister Tšehlo Ramarou has told staff in his ministry to refuse to take any nonsense from powerful officials. Ramarou was speaking at a function to