Rugby ladies score big

Rugby ladies score big

MASERU – THREE players from Maseru Warriors and Lesia Wolves rugby clubs have been selected to a Free State provincial women’s squad that will represent the province against other South African provinces this weekend.
This was revealed by Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) secretary general Litšitso Motšeremeli on Monday.
Palesa Pitso, a hooker for Maseru Warriors, Mokiase Phasumane, a scrum-half for Maseru Warriors and Reitumetse Motsieloa, who plays inside centre for Lesia Wolves, can now represent South Africa at the national level if they impress further.

The three young ladies were selected after impressing at trials held in Bloemfontein, South Africa last Saturday and Motšeremeli said their selection is great news for Lesotho rugby.
Motšeremeli said it is not a surprise natives of one country can be selected to the squad of another country and he said the players will now get South African citizenship.
The provincial tournament will kick-off on Saturday.
“(Last) Saturday there were trials in South Africa where our women’s teams are playing their league games,” Motšeremeli told thepost.

“I am happy to say our team won and three of our players were selected to the Free State provincial squad. To us, that is a big achievement. These players will go to camp because on July 27 Free State is going to play (against) Gauteng, Western Province, and KwaZulu Natal. These players will be raising Lesotho’s flag even though they are playing for Free State,” he added.
The FLR also thanked the companies and people that contributed towards the burials of five young players that lost their lives in a horrific car accident in Free State last month.
The five girls played for Mabote Beavers and all have been laid to rest while some survivors of the accident are still going for medical check-ups in Bloemfontein with the help of long-time rugby sponsors, Econet Telecommunications Lesotho (ETL). The telecommunications company has given each survivor M2 500.

Motšeremeli also revealed that on top of the money Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) has contributed towards the families, MGC has also pledged to buy the association a mini-bus that is going to be used to transport players to their games.
Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) also assisted with about M42 000 while Post Bank and the government of Lesotho have made contributions as well. All the money has been distributed to families except for an amount of M100 000 that came from the government.

That money will be distributed to the bereaved families now that the burials of their children are over to relieve any financial burden the families may be left with.
Each family will receive M20 000.

Tlalane Phahla

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