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.”

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