By Staff Writers

The African Union Sports Council Region 5, Matlama FC and Linare FC have sent their deepest condolences to the families of five Lesotho female rugby players who died in an accident in South Africa on Saturday.

They were going for a U16 ladies friendly game with a Bloemfontein team.

The accident reportedly happened on the N8 highway between Bloemfontein and Botshabelo.

“This sad and tragic loss has robbed our Region of the bubbling lives of our sportspersons and denied them the opportunity to blossom and perform sport to the maximum potential,” Region 5 said in a statement today.

The statement added that: “The Region continues to be robbed of promising talent through heinous road carnage leaving dreadful pain and anguish and making our sport poorer.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the families of the deceased and the people of Lesotho during these very painful and difficult times. May the souls of the dear departed rest in eternal peace in the comfort of the hope that we will continue to salute and cherish them till we meet again!”

Econet Premier League champions Matlama FC and Leribe-based Linare FC have also expressed sadness over the news.

“On behalf of Matlama Football Club we wish to pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of our beloved Rugby players,” Matlama said in a statement on Monday.

Tse Putsoa said to say the deceased players are our fallen heroines would be an understatement.

It said they are “our pioneers in this embryonic sport in our country” and shall be remembered for their venture and course to place their nation in the world’s sporting records.

“May the hearts of their families and the Nation of Basotho soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering their dedication and love for their Country. May we be filled with strength in this time of Grief as Matlama mourns with the Nation on this tragedy loss,” Matlama’s statement read.

Linare said: “The committee therefore on behalf of Linare Football Club and the Leribe nation, extends its most heartfelt condolences to the Basotho Nation, Lesotho Rugby Community, and individual families of players.” NW

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