Local rugby side promises ‘good result’ from Zimbabwe

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MASERU – Notwithstanding the number of injuries in their camp especially among key players, the Lesotho national rugby sevens side is primed to fight tooth and nail at the Zimbabwe Sevens International Competition scheduled for Victoria Falls this weekend. The team that comprises 15 players left the country on Tuesday to compete at the continental event that could see them gain recognition and exposure at the bigger stage.

Team head coach Litšitso Motšeremeli emphasized the desire and passion to deliver good results despite going to the tournament as underdogs. Lesotho has been drawn against hosts Zimbabwe along with Kenya, Zambia B and another Zimbabwean side called Richards’ Bay.The team has to finish among the top three if it is to it through to the next stage of the competition.

The other group consists of Uganda, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia A - all contestants in this group are rugby powerhouses in the region. “We are going to the tournament as underdogs because all the other participants have been there a long time before us, meaning they are more experienced but we are ready to fight to the bitter end,” Motšeremeli said in an interview with Public Eye on Tuesday.

He said some of the key players could not travel with the team due to severe injuries they sustained during league games, adding however, that they would have to make do with what they have. Team captain Keketso Sejake who also plays for local Giants Rugby Club admitted that although the charges were relatively new in the game, they would however gain the essential experience through participating in tournaments of that magnitude.

“We have only started the rugby sevens league in Lesotho so it is always good to get a chance to compete with some of the best on the continent,” Sejake said.Zimbabwe are defending champions after winning the competition that was held in Lesotho last year.

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