Mat’land Rugby to tour Zam­bia

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

A MATABELELAND Rugby Foot­ball Board’s (MRFB) select side set to tour Zam­bia later this month will start train­ing at Harts­field Ground this af­ter­noon.

The MRFB select squad will have five train­ing ses­sions be­fore leav­ing for Zam­bia on Novem­ber 24.

The squad will play three matches against three un­named Zam­bian clubs ei­ther in Lusaka or Liv­ing­stone on Novem­ber 26.

“We are sched­uled to play three matches against Zam­bian sides and ac­tual venues are still be­ing fi­nalised. The board wants the guys to end the year with a tour as a way of mo­ti­vat­ing play­ers and cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment ahead of the start of next sea­son. We will be hold­ing our train­ings on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days un­til we leave for Zam­bia,” said Simba Dan­gah, the MRFB select side man­ager.

He said most play­ers that make up the Matabeleland select side were picked dur­ing last month’s se­nior na­tional team’s tri­als held in Bulawayo.

Four­teen play­ers from the South­ern Re­gion Select side that beat the North­ern Select 15-12 in the Zim­babwe Rugby Union (ZRU) or­gan­ised se­nior men’s na­tional team tri­als were short­listed for the Sables, but only Irvine Nduwa and Sandile Lupuwana made the grade. Some play­ers that make up the MRFB select team in­clude winger Gard­ner Nechi­ronga, who came out of re­tire­ment last year, scrumhalf Lloyd Machan­jaire, right cen­tre Japhet Nde­bele, who has rep­re­sented Zim­babwe at dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions, and eighth man Ja­son Mackay. Tight­head prop Vic­tor Chi­wara, locks Ku­dak­washe Nyak­u­far­ingwa and Velile Dube, left­flanker and vice-cap­tain Michael Zvakava­pano as well as full­back An­drea Banda are among the ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers ex­pected to form the core of the MRFB select team for the tour. Dan­gah said the team, which will train un­der the close su­per­vi­sion of Chee­tahs coach Gil­bert Nya­mut­samba, Reuben Kumpasa and Ziffy Dzi­no­mu­rumbi, is also set to play at least two friendly games be­fore their de­par­ture. “To give play­ers game time, we in­tend play­ing two or so games be­fore we leave. This will also give some play­ers a chance to impress the coaches and maybe get in­cluded in the squad of about 24 we in­tend to take to Zam­bia,” Dan­gah said — @ZililoR.

Simba Dan­gah

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