ZIMBABWE international rugby player Rockface Gurumani has been appointed the new coach for national league champions Old Hararians in a player/coach capacity, replacing former OH and national
team player Willard Muchena who resigned at the end of last season.
The giant 30-year-old utility forward, one of the best players still playing in Zimbabwe, is an integral member of the OH side that has won the national league for the last four years. The former Churchill student has over 30 caps for the Sables since making his debut in 2000.
Gurumani said that one of his main objectives is to integrate the younger players into an OH team dominated by ageing players in recent years.
“It’s a new OH team that we have. Most of the players are Under-21s who are graduating from the second team and we want to help them to adapt to national league rugby,” said Gurumani.
Last week Gurumani took charge of the Old Boys for the first time when the defending national league champions won a pre-season tournament in Marondera.
In addition to players from the second team, OH have also acquired new players in the form of Sables prop Shingi Chirimuuta, who joined from rivals Harare Sports Club, and former University fullback John Marira.
On the appointment of Chris Lambard to replace Brighton Chivandire as Sables coach, Gurumani bemoaned the lack of continuity in the coaching department, but said he will support the coach.
“There was an appointment committee which chose him, and that means he should be qualified, and he will get my personal support. I think Chris success will depend on whether he will be able to work well with senior players in the team. The mark of a good coach is the ability to get the best out of his players”, he said.
Meanwhile, University of Zimbabwe host the last round of pre-season tournaments tomorrow, with 13 clubs confirming their participation.
Most of the national league clubs will field their off-season acquisitions, with Harare Sports Club expected to parade former University flank Derek Chiwara and scrumhalf Kudzai Makweche.
There will also be an exhibition match between a Harare Golden Oldies side and Mashonaland Country Districts veterans. The Harare side will feature former players like Freddy Penias, Alex Nichols, Losson Mutongwiza, among others.