THE Matabeleland rugby squad has been paired against Pretoria in a tournament set for South Africa tomorrow.
Matabeleland side’s manager and acting national team coach Naboth “Bad News” Mujaji said they had prepared well to compete at the tourney where many provincial sides from South Africa will be participating.
Mujaji, who is working alongside coach and Western Panthers boss Zivanai “Super Ziv” Dzinomurumbi said this week some of the players were still sorting out passports and visa formalities to make the trip to South Africa.
Matabeleland hosted Messina of South Africa last Saturday at Bulawayo’s Hartsfields rugby ground and won 47-19.
Mujaji also said they were preparing for the regional league, a curtain raiser to the Lion Lager rugby league.
ZRU vice-president Losson Mutongwizo said they had shifted the fixtures programme as they are yet to agree with the sponsors, Delta Beverages on a number of things. IndependentSport published a fixture last week indicating that games were to kick off on February 28 quoting a union source.
“They were shifted (the Lion Lager rugby league fixtures) because we are yet to agree with the sponsors. We haven’t signed up the document (of sponsorship),” he said.
Mutongwizo said they have made the decision to cancel the resumption of the league.
Mutongwizo said Harlequinnes from Kenya who were set to arrive in Harare on Wednesday were scheduled to play against a Zimbabwe Under-21 squad at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Harlequinnes who have television celebrity Alex Hali of the Big Brother Africa show are also set to play against a Harare provincial side tomorrow at Harare Sports Club.
The Kenyans are scheduled to play against Midlands in Gweru on Wednesday before locking horns with Matabeleland next Saturday at Bulawayo’s Hartsfield ground.