This decision was made on November 25, during the federation’s meeting after chairpersons of local clubs requested Basitang’s immediate reinstatement as NUL Spears head coach.
Basitang who is a Botswana national was suspended sometime in 2018, accused of meddling in the affairs of the rugby governing body, an act which is prohibited by the federation’s constitution because he is a foreigner.
“Our constitution does not allow foreigners to interfere with the federation’s politics,” the FLR Secretary General Litšitso Motšeremeli had told the Metro last week.
The federation consequently released a statement after its November 25 meeting, showing that Basitang’s suspension still stands, although it allows him to continue mentoring NUL Spears for the rest of the 2020 season like local clubs requested.
The statement reads in part, “Basitang’s suspension comes with the following conditions - to refrain from discussing matters related to the Federation of Lesotho Rugby on any media platform, to only operate within NUL Spears jurisdiction, to not communicate with any FLR officials in regards to rugby related matters.”
It further shows that if Basitang contravenes the set conditions, the September 8 2019 letter that disassociates the federation from him will be enacted with immediate effect and NUL Spears shall furnish the federation with a formal letter within 14 days to the effect that the National University of Lesotho (NUL) does recognise Basitang as a coach at the institution.
The meeting also resolved that the game which NUL Spears forfeited would be played again, but at the team’s expenses.