Rugby federation wins full membership

Rugby federation wins full membership

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Just four years after its inception the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) has been granted full membership into the continent’s governing body, Rugby Africa.
Lesotho’s acceptance was ratified last weekend during Rugby Africa’s 12th annual general assembly (AGM) held in Botswana.
The conference started last Thursday and ended on Saturday.
The FLR was represented by its president Fetang Selialia and receiving full member status marks the culmination of four impressive years for the association since its formation in 2012.

In 2014, Lesotho was accepted as an affiliate member of Rugby Africa at its 11th general assembly meeting. Two years later the country is a full member and will benefit from superior competition and development programmes.
In Rugby Africa’s acceptance letter to FLR, its general secretary Mervin Green said the continental body is pleased with Lesotho’s efforts to grow the game locally and its participation in continental activities.

“Rugby Africa is happy to note progress made in all strands, from school rugby to women’s rugby and senior competitions as well as on the administrative levels. The activity reports, development plan, minutes of previous general meetings, financial statements and other paperwork have been scrutinised and have been found to satisfaction,” the letter read.
“Since it has been two years since (the) Lesotho rugby union has been affiliated to Rugby Africa and considering the quality of their application, we see no objection to grant full membership to the union and look forward to being in support of Lesotho Rugby and taking rugby to greater heights in the country,” Green’s memo said.
“We thank the board of the union for their excellent work and cooperation and welcome Lesotho rugby union as a full member of Rugby Africa.”
Other countries that have been granted full membership by Rugby Africa include Gabon and Algeria.
The development was welcomed by FLR general secretary Litšitso Motšeremeli who said the association will now benefit from playing more matches as a result of being part of Rugby’s Africa calendar of fixtures.

He added that Selialia will return from Botswana with much needed equipment.
“This is really great news to us because now we will get organised fixtures and, hopefully, development grants to help us continue with the development of sport in the country,” he said.
FLR’s application was aided by the encouraging performance of the national side, Likatola.

In May, Lesotho finished third at the Africa Cup Division 2 championship in Rwanda. Likatola then ended 2016 with an impressive 31-11 away victory over Malawi in August.
In total, Lesotho has won four of its seven international matches since its debut in 2014.
Lesotho’s international results:
Malawi 11-31 Lesotho (August, 2016)
Burundi 3-6 Lesotho (May, 2016)
Lesotho 5-41 Botswana (April, 2016)
Lesotho 13-10 Swaziland (July, 2015)
Botswana 44-3 Lesotho (June, 2014)
Swaziland 13-0 Lesotho (May, 2014)
Lesotho 5-3 Swaziland (February, 2014)

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