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New Rugby Gear For Mali

New Rugby Gear For Mali
Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu with Mali elders after the jersey presentation on June 9, 2017 in Mali Island. Photo: Josaia Ralago
June 10
11:00 2017

Mali Island rugby team acquired new rugby uniforms after planting native trees.

The team who had been wearing borrowed jerseys during their Macuata Rugby Union club games in the past two months would now be able to display their skills with a sense of pride.

The team received jerseys, shorts and socks on Wednesday.

The sporting gear valued at $2185 was brought in through their partnership with the Ministry of Forests.

The islanders from the three villages of Nakawaga, Ligaulevu and Vesi planted 22 hectares of native trees on the island under the ministry’s rehabilitation of degraded forests programme.

Team manager Ilaitia Beka said this was something they have been appealing for years.

“It is through the unity and the communal spirit of the islanders that has led to this and we are really grateful,” Beka said.

They have been playing in the Macuata Rugby club competitions for five years.

“The whole community worked together for this and this is an achievement for everyone in Mali.”

He added the project also benefited their environment.

The Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu visited the island on Wednesday to hand over the rugby gear.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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