14 MRFB play­ers se­lected for na­tional team

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

FOURTEEN play­ers from the Mata­bele­land Rugby Foot­ball Board (MRFB) league have been picked for the na­tional team’s train­ing squad fol­low­ing tri­als held at Harts­field Ground on Satur­day.

The 14 were part of the South­ern Re­gion Se­lect side that beat the North­ern Se­lect 15-12 at the Zim­babwe Rugby Union (ZRU) or­gan­ised se­nior men’s na­tional team tri­als.

Harare play­ers dom­i­nated the North­ern se­lect with Bu­l­awayo, Gweru, Masvingo and Zvisha­vane play­ers mak­ing up the South­ern Se­lect squad.

Winger Gard­ner Nechi­ronga, who came out of re­tire­ment last year, loose­head prop Irvine Nduwa, scrumhalf Lloyd Machan­jaire, right cen­tre Japhet Nde­bele, who has rep­re­sented Zim­babwe at dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions, and eighth man Ja­son Mackay are among play­ers from the South­ern Se­lect side that were se­lected for the Sables train­ing squad.

South­ern Se lect S i m ba said the 14 start train­ing at this evening guid­ance of na­tional man­ager Da n g a h play­ers will Harts­field un­der the as­sis­tant te a m coach Gil­bert Nya­mut­samba, Reuben Kumpasa and Ziffy Dzi­no­mu­rumbi.

“The Zim­babwe se­lect train­ing squad has been di­vided into two, with the South­ern Re­gion based play­ers set to train at Harts­field on Tues­days and Thurs­days un­der Nya­mut­samba, while na­tional team coach Cyprian Man­denge will be in charge of the North­ern Re­gion play­ers.

‘‘At a later date, the squad will then train for about a week to­gether and we hope to see a num­ber of play­ers from the south mak­ing the fi­nal team that will tour Hong Kong next month,” said Dan­gah.

Nechi­ronga, who scored a penalty kick, a try and a con­ver­sion, is likely to make it into the squad with ease.

Full­back An­drea Banda, a try scorer for South­ern Se­lect, Nduwa, Machan­jaire, Nde­bele and Mackay are also tipped to make the Sables’ squad.

Short­listed play­ers from the south

Irvine Nduwa, Sandile Lupuwana, Vic­tor Chi­wara, Ku­dak­washe Nyak­u­far­ingwa, Velile Dube, Michael Zvakava­pano, Nel­son Ma­dida, Ja­son Mackay, Lloyd Machan­jaire, Gard­ner Nechi­ronga, Ku­dak­washe Chimukuyu, Japhet Nde­bele, Hardlife Ma­sunda, An­drea Banda — @ZililoR.

Cyprian Man­denge

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