Rugby interim coach to be named

By Brain Murandu

THE Zimbabwe national rugby team’s interim coach is likely to be announced at the end of this week or early next week following a tour of South Africa that followed a bruising 2004 local rug

by season-openers last weekend.


Titus “Tithes” Zvomuya, the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union, said sending a selected number of coaches to South Africa to “learn how it’s done” was a progressive step.


“What’s required is to professionalise the whole game and administratively they’ve done that by appointing a CEO. Therefore the technical aspect (of coaching) has to also be professionalised so that this will have a ripple effect,” he said.


Former Harare Sports Club mainstay John Ewing, National Sevens mentor Bruce Hobson, Under 21 coach Nonsikelelo “Sykes” Sibanda, the Bulawayo-based duo of Busters player-coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba and Western Panthers’ boss Zivanai Dzinomurumbi travelled to South Africa after the end of last weekend’s games.


They are expected to return on Sunday prior to announcement of the coach by the ZRU at the recommendation of the South Africans.


The Sables have not had a coach since the resignation of Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwa last year.


Efforts to appoint Alex Nicholls led to a player revolt while Murambiwa, now a coach in charge of Prince Edward Tigers, has snubbed the hot seat although he is highly-qualified.


“Qualification is one thing and accepting the job another,” said a ZRU source when quizzed on Murambiwa’s exclusion.


Zvomuya also said they have had offers of coaches from several embassies including the French.


“We’ll accept a coach, even from the devil, just to help our game,” he said.