Likatola thump Swaziland

Likatola thump Swaziland

Maseru – The Lesotho national rugby team is on the brink of promotion to Africa’s Bronze Class after thumping Swaziland 60-5 on Sunday in a South Region 1D cup clash at Machabeng College.

All Likatola have to do now to win the tri-nations tournament is beat Malawi on Saturday at Machabeng.

The stakes are exciting for Lesotho because the winners of the week-long championship will gain promotion to Rugby Africa’s 1C tier. There Likatola can look forward to the prospect of facing the likes of Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Speaking to thepost yesterday, Likatola coach Roy Nyasha-Zhou credited Sunday’s imposing win over Swaziland to months of preparation.

Lesotho also heads into Saturday’s final encounter further buoyed by the fact Swaziland beat Malawi 25-11 on Wednesday.

Even so, Nyasha-Zhou insisted Likatola would not take Malawi lightly.

“We have been training and working hard and we have not stopped because we are not taking this game lightly at all,” Nyasha-Zhou said.

“We have devised our own strategy that we are going to use on Saturday,” he added.

“We have been together for a long time and the players are now gelling. I think our hard work is finally paying off but we do not want to be overconfident. Like I said, this will not be a walk in the park. We are going there (to the game) and we will leave no stone unturned against Malawi.”

One dampener on Sunday’s imperious win over Swaziland, however, was the news of injuries to two Likatola players – Bongi Machesetsa and Rethabile Sekola.

Machesetsa suffered a hamstring strain while Sekola received a knock. Both players took part in light training this week but are doubtful for Saturday’s date with Malawi. Nevertheless, Nyasha-Zhou said Likatola are not panicking over the injuries.

“We have a big squad, we will be able to replace them,” he said.

Luciah Phahla

 

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