ZIMBABWE teenage rugby star, Tangai Nemadire, is contract-hunting in South Africa where he is having trials at Vodacom Cup sides Golden Lions and Wanderers club, one of the clubs that contribute to the Lions province.
Another Zimbabwe internation
al, prop Shingi Chirimuuta, is reported to have impressed Lions coaches and has started playing in the reserves.
According to Harare Sports Club manager, Blessing Chiutare, Nemadire was weighing up his options after receiving several offers from South African sides following Zimbabwe’s participation in the Under-19 World Cup in Durban last year.
Nemadire, a talented three-quarter who plays on the right wing or fullback, made his senior national team debut away to Ivory Coast in a World Cup qualifier last year. He also has a number of national sevens caps under his belt.
Chirimuuta, who last year became one of few players to move from Harare Sports Club to Old Hararians, played a blinder in the Sables pack in the first World Cup qualifier against Senegal but got injured and missed the rest of the campaign.
Zimbabwean tighthead prop Brian Mujati, who has been at the Lions for three years, has now graduated into the Lions’ Vodacom Cup side, the Young Lions.
Another former national Under-19 player, former OH centre Gerald Sibanda, has successfully joined the academy of South African Super 14 side Sharks, according to OH player-coach Rocky Gurumani.
Meanwhile, the Northern Rugby League kicked off last weekend. All the teams were in action.
The teams in the league are Old Hararians 1 and 2, Harare Sports Club 1 and 2, Mashonaland Country Districts 1 and 2, Alexandra, Mabvuku and Air Force.
Defending champions OH will again be the team to beat this season after retaining most of their key players from last season.
Their likely rival for the title, MCD, have strengthened their side after acquiring the services of utility forward Fortune Chipendo, a key member of the Cheetahs side, and Jacques Leitao, regarded as the best open-side flanker in the country.