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Selialia retains FLR presidency


Chris Theko

Fetang Selialia last Saturday retained his Federation of Lesotho Rugby presidency sit in the association during its elections race held at Setsoto stadium in Maseru.

He defeated his outgoing vice president, Letsielo Mabitle and former vice president Moleleki Moleleki. 

Moleleki was completely defeated having secured no votes while his fellow contenders, Selialia nine votes and Mabitle seven votes.

The incumbent president was first appointed to the position in 2014 after the federation’s founding president Dan Alyward left Lesotho to return to his home country, England.

Before taking over the presidency, Selialia was deputy to Alyward until the association’s first constitutional elections in 2017 where he was officially elected. 

The country’s rugby body was formed in 2012.

The vice presidency post was won by the federation’s former deputy secretary Ntsane Mahlatsi, who stood uncontested.

Lesotho Senior National Rugby team Likatola coach, Realeboha Segoete scooped the treasurer position after defeating Motlatsi Mohlomi with nine votes to six.

It remains to be seen what will happen to his role as the senior 15-a-side coach now that he is the new treasurer of the federation. 

In an earlier interview with this publication FLR secretary General, Litšitso Motšeremeli said it would be up to the new executive committee to decide on what they want to do, stating that the constitution is not against an executive member serving another role.

The association had earlier announced that the position of secretary general of the federation will no longer be contested in the elections, however, will be on a contractual appointment by the executive committee, meaning the current secretary general MotÅ¡eremeli retained his post. 

The deputy secretary general position however remains a political post which was won by an uncontested Khauhelo Raphepheng.

The players’ representative role will be occupied by Paul Mari while Morapeli Motaung, Palesa Pitso and Setumo Monikazi are additional ordinary members. 

According to the constitution of the federation, the public relations officer gets to be appointed by the executive committee from the ordinary members. 

The re-elected Selialia made a promise to the rugby fraternity that his committee would work with all rugby structures including those who were in opposition camps during the elections. 

“We are going to be working with everyone, even those who were opposing us during the elections must know that competition time has passed, and now we work for the sport’s development,” Selialia said. 

He mentioned that the outgoing committee had done an incredible job in developing the sport and he was happy to have worked with them. 

He also promised that the newly elected committee would not just occupy positions but would have a major task of building a national rugby center. 

“Our aim is to have rugby center and we believe we can have that in the next four years working together as a team not as individuals,” he said.     

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