Gidza con­tin­ues with the good fight

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Ti­nashe Kusema

CHEE­TAHS coach Gil­bert “Gidza” Nya­mut­samba oc­cu­pies one of the hottest seats in lo­cal sport, and he is fully aware of the chal­lenges and high ex­pec­ta­tions that come with the job.

Ear­lier this month, the 46-year-old cel­e­brated the first an­niver­sary of his sec­ond stint as head coach of the Zim­babwe rugby Sev­ens side in style.

A sec­ond-place fin­ish at the Africa Cup in Uganda se­cured the Chee­tahs one of two tick­ets to next year’s Rugby World Cup Sev­ens Tour­na­ment in San Fran­cisco in the United States.

“It was a tough tour­na­ment, the con­di­tions were not kind to us as it was hot and hu­mid but for­tu­nately we man­aged to put good performances when it mat­tered and qual­i­fied,” said Nya­mut­samba, as he re­lieved an Africa Cup show that co­in­cided with the first an­niver­sary of his ap­point­ment on October 6, 2016. “The se­nior play­ers held their own and showed that you can never re­place ex­pe­ri­ence while the younger and new play­ers re­ally put their hands up when it mat­tered. Shin­gi­rayi Hlan­guyo and Ngoni Chibuwe were stand outs.”

Three weeks on and with the hon­ey­moon over, Nya­mut­samba is back at work with his top pri­or­ity be­ing work­ing his boys back into shape.

“Go­ing for­ward, it is key that we con­tinue with more train­ing camps and play in as many tour­na­ments as we pos­si­bly can. Strength and con­di­tion­ing will be key as ev­i­denced by the high level of com­pe­ti­tion we wit­nessed in Uganda.

“It is also one of the key ar­eas I would re­ally want to see us im­prove on in rugby and other sports in the coun­try,” he said.

Nya­mut­samba also has some point­ers for the Zim­babwe Rugby Union.

“Th­ese young men sac­ri­fice so such and I feel that if we want to get more out of the play­ers we need to have train­ing and match in­cen­tives.

“This will not only show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work be­ing done, but in a way it will also raises the com­pet­i­tive­ness of all rugby play­ers,” he said. The Chee­tahs gaffer is ex­pected call his charges back into camp this week to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for next month’s Sasland’s Sev­ens tour­na­ment in Namibia.

Gil­bert Nya­mut­samba

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