MRFB Zam­bia tour de­pen­dent on SRC avail­ing funding

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

MATA­BELE­LAND Rugby Foot­ball Board (MRFB)’s se­lect side’s tour to Zam­bia hangs in the bal­ance, with the board yet to se­cure funding and clear­ance from the Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (SRC) for the trip.

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

Simba Dan­gah, the MRFB se­lect side man­ager, said they are work­ing on clear­ance is­sues, while the squad made up of play­ers picked dur­ing last month’s senior na­tional team’s tri­als has been train­ing at Harts­field Grounds.

“We re­main hope­ful of go­ing for the trip and we’re work­ing on get­ting clear­ance and other lo­gis­tics. Re­mem­ber the pur­pose of this tour is to give these guys ex­po­sure and 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,” Dan­gah said.

MRFB sec­re­tary-gen­eral Craig Change said they are mak­ing fran­tic ef­forts to se­cure funding for both the team and a tour­na­ment that they in­tend stag­ing at Harts­field be­fore the end of the year.

“Ev­ery­thing boils down to the money fac­tor and as a board we re­ally want to see our play­ers ex­posed to com­pet­i­tive op­po­nents, which will in turn en­hance their chances of com­pet­ing for places in the na­tional team.

“Go­ing to Zam­bia will give play­ers the ex­po­sure we’re talk­ing about be­cause our de­sire is to see more play­ers from the south­ern re­gion get­ting into na­tional teams.

“We’ll ap­pre­ci­ate help from in­di­vid­u­als and the cor­po­rate world, as our en­deav­our is to develop the game in the re­gion and ex­pose our tal­ent to competition,” said Change.

Some play­ers that make up the MRFB se­lect team in­clude sea­soned 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, left-flanker and vice-cap­tain Michael Zvakava­pano as well as full­back An­drea Banda.

The team has been train­ing un­der the close su­per­vi­sion of Chee­tahs coach Gil­bert Nya­mut­samba, Reuben Kumpasa and Ziffy Dzi­no­mu­rumbi — @ ZililoR.

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