By Brain Murandu
ZIMBABWE’S national rugby squad has adopted a cautious approach ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly match against Kenya at Bulawayo’s Hartsfield ground.
The Sables, who have been in camp under newly appointed coach Brighton Chivandire since last Sunday, are using the friendly as part of preparations for the forthcoming Confederation of African Rugby qualifiers.
After tomorrow’s tie, the Sables will clash against Madagascar in Antananarivo on August 28 before hosting Uganda on September 11 in Harare.
Sables manager Noddy Kanyangarara said the team would approach tomorrow’s match with caution. “It’s a 50-50 situation because I personally don’t know much about the Kenyans,” he said.
“We’ve a brand new squad and a new coach but we’ve done our best to prepare the team.”
The Sables welcome back the Germany-based trio of flank Jeffrey Tigere,flyhalf Victor Zambawo and eighthman Costa Dinha.
Dinha, Tigere and Zambawo, who are on a season’s break from their professional clubs, joined camp to beef up the squad comprising mainly locally based players.
Meanwhile, the last round of the Schweppes schools rugby league action resumes tomorrow after a break due to the national schools squad’s participation at South Africa’s Coca-Cola Craven Week festival that ended last week.
Tomorrow’s Schweppes League fixtures:
Pool A :
Midlands ChristianCollege vs Victoria (Gweru) ; Gifford vs Plumtree (Bulawayo); Jameson vs Petra (Kadoma) and Milton vs Kyle College (Bulawayo)
Watershed vs Ellis Robins (Marondera); Eaglesvale vs Mutare Boys High (Harare); Marondera High vs Allan Wilson; and Gateway vs Hillcrest College (Harare).