Giants Rugby are back

Giants Rugby are back

Maseru – Lesotho national rugby coach Roy Nyasha Zhou has welcomed Giants Rugby back with open arms after the club and Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) smoked the peace pipe last week.

Nyasha-Zhou said the reconciliation is a positive development for the national team which is preparing for the Rugby Africa 1D South tournament in October.
Lesotho has been paired against Malawi and Swaziland in the competition and there will be plenty at stake with the winner set to be promoted to the 1C Division next year.
Nyasha-Zhou said Giants’ return to the local fold after nearly a year in the wilderness gives him a perfect selection headache. Last February the FLR imposed a two-year ban on the local rugby heavyweights after Giants abruptly pulled out of the league. At the time, Giants released a damning statement accusing the association of mismanagement and maladministration. The club went on to allege that some members of the executive were running the federation like their personal property.
Nonetheless, a pleased Nyasha-Zhou said the row was now water under the bridge.

However, he insisted he will not change his squad or drop his best performing players to accommodate Giants players.  Instead, Nyasha-Zhou will monitor their performance with Lesotho Rugby Championship beginning on Saturday. “I am happy because it means now we have a large pool of players to select from but it doesn’t mean I am going to drop my top performing players,” Nyasha-Zhou said.

“I will be monitoring their performance in the league now that they are back and it is good for the national team.” Giants’ Rugby players have been key performers for the national team in the past and their return is a boost to an already promising Likoatola squad.   FLR secretary general Litšitso Motšeremeli said the federation hopes a similar row will not repeat itself in future. Meanwhile, the association held its first-ever official elections on Saturday where Fetang Selialia was given a new four-year term as president.
Lesotho has enjoyed a meteoric rise in rugby since the formation of the FLR in 2012. The country is now a full member of the continental governing body, Rugby Africa.
The national team Likatola has also been promoted to the 1C division in Rugby Africa’s hierarchy despite only playing its first international match in 2014.

FLR executive committee:
Fetang Selialia – President
Letsielo Mabitle – Vice-president
Litšitso Motšeremeli – Secretary general
Mokhethinyane Mpakeletsane – Vice-secretary
Morapeli Motaung – Treasurer
Tokelo Bolata – Executive member
Ntsane Mahlatsi – Executive member
Sedumo Mnikazi – Executive member
Lesotho Rugby Championship weekend fixtures:
Scholasticate Roma
Match 1. LCS Lioalaoala vs. Swallows (12:00)
Match 2. Mabote Beavers vs. Giants (14:00)
Match 3. NUL Spears vs. Warriors (16:00)

Luciah Phahla

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