Lambard to coach rugby national team

Enock Muchinjo

NATIONAL rugby team assistant coach Chris Lambard will take over the reins as Sables coach when the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) makes technical appointments for all national teams on Sunday, In

dependentSport can reveal.


It has also emerged that Brighton Chivandire who coached Sables last year, was not considered by the appointments committee set up by ZRU early this month. The former player did not submit his application to the panel as required.


Chivandire confirmed to this paper yesterday that he did not seek re-appointment, but could not give reasons.


Former Sables player and Western Panthers coach Zivanai Dzinomurumbi

will deputise Lambard.


ZRU president Bryn Williams could neither confirm nor deny the appointments.


“Chris Lambard put his name for the post of national coach and has a role to play in the game. I am not yet sure what it will be,” said Williams.


“The committee will sit on Sunday to complete the exercise and the union will make formal announcements”.


Lambard will become the Sables’ third coach in less than 12 months. His successor Chivandire landed the job mid-last year when Alex Nichols was forced to resign after Victor Olonga-inspired players rebelled against his appointment.


The position of manager, held by Noddy Kanyangarara last season, has not been filled. The other coaching staff remains largely unchanged, with Sykes Sibanda continuing with the national Under 21s. Veteran Old Hararians and Sables hooker Mzi Nyathi will assist him. John Ewing is still the national sevens coach. The schools Under 19 side technical team of coach Reg Querl, assistant coach Will Mbanga and manager Patrick Gumunyu have also been retained.