Nation mourns rugby players

Nation mourns rugby players

MASERU – Mabote Beavers, the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) and the entire Lesotho sports fraternity is mourning the tragic deaths of five Mabote Beavers Under-16 players who died in a horrific car accident last Saturday in South Africa.
The tragic accident happened between Botshabelo and Bloemfontein.
The team was on its way to Bloemfontein for a friendly game and the players’ remains arrived in the country on Tuesday.

The bodies of the five players were received by a large number of people at the Maseru border crossing who went to pay their respects, including Lesotho’s Minister of Sports, Dr Mahali Phamotse, and other government dignitaries.
The FLR released a statement on Monday confirming 14 players in total were involved in the car crash. Five were treated for minor injuries, four were taken to the hospital, four died on the scene and one died in hospital later in the evening last Saturday.
The players that lost their lives are Thato Mohai, Keketso Tšeuoa, Mpho Macheli, Mamello Moseme and Lerato Kelepa.

The bodies were taken to Lesotho Funeral Services and present to welcome the bodies were Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli, FLR president Fetang Selialia, Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) first vice-president Khiba Mohoanyane and Moipone Mashale who was representing the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC).
“When tragedy strikes, seeing these many people (to receive the players’ bodies) gives one hope and comfort,” the FLR said in their statement.

“The Federation of Lesotho Rugby family would like to – from the bottom of our hearts – thank the Government and its Ministries, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service, the army, the other sports fraternities, the students, the teachers, the media and every single person who took time out of their day today in the welcoming of the bodies of our fallen soldiers,” the FLR said.
“There can never be anything more painful, compared to that of losing one of your own. To the country and our international friends, for (sending) in messages of comfort and condolences, thank you, we value you, even in our pain.”

Tlalane Phahla


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