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Selialia retains rugby presidency

The FLR President Fetang Selialia

April 23, 2021 3 min read

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PRESIDENT of the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) Fetang Selialia has retained the position after he was re-elected into office for four more years during the body’s annual general meeting held at Setsoto stadium on Saturday.

According to the FLR Secretary General Litšitso Motšeremeli, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) was composed of representatives from the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) and the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC).

It also consisted of Palo Mohlotsane as the Chairperson, along with Advocate Bothobile Shebe, Mpitsoane Matobole and ’Malitsietsi Zwakala.

The observers included LNOC Vice President Administration Tlali Rampooana and Vice President Finance Letsatsi Ntsibolane while the LSRC was represented by the Commissioner in charge of rugby Phoka Thesele and Mamello Lepheana from the LSRC staff.  

Selialia collected nine votes while Letsielo Mabitle garnered seven with Moleleki Moleleki receiving no votes at all.

Ntsane Mahlatsi ran unopposed for the Vice Presidency while Khauhelo Rapheepheng was elected as the Vice Secretary General.

Former Likatola coach Realeboha Segoete is the new Treasurer while Kananelo Mokhachane is a representative. Paul Mari is the Players’ Representative and the members include Morapeli Motaung, Palesa Pitso as well as Sdumo Mnikazi. 

Motšeremeli said the three members of the committee will be given roles in the near future when one of them will be responsible for both advocacy and communications.

He expressed his satisfaction at how the elections were held, adding that the AGM was even graced by the presence of distinguished quests from mother bodies.

“Mostly when a federation hosts this kind of occasion, the LNOC and SRC dispatch ordinary representatives, but this time around, the former was represented by the Vice President Finance along with the Vice President Administration.

Selialia who had previously announced that he would not be contesting in the elections this week told Metro that he was encouraged to run by his compatriots in the rugby fraternity so that he would finish his dream of taking the federation to the World Rugby.

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“I want to see the national team as a member of World Rugby. We need to have a league which has resources in which rugby will be a professional job for a player in Lesotho,” he noted.

One of the observers, Ntsibolane said the election process was conducted in a fair and free manner.

 “The only challenge was the interpretation of the constitution which was not quite clear. I liked the fact it was decided that there is a need to amend the constitution, otherwise there were no other hiccups. We reached the pitch of what we call democracy,” he said.

This was FLR’s second elections since its formation in August 2012.

Selialia retained the presidency after he took over the reins from the founding President Daniel Aylward who returned to his native country England in 2013.

After Aylward’s departure, Selialia took over as the acting president until the first elections in 2017 when he was democratically elected to the helm of the federation.


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