Zimbabwe has announced the squad lists for the four teams taking part in the third edition of the Kwese Sevens Tournament at the Machinery Exchange Stadium at Harare Sports Club from the 23rd to the 24th of March.
Zambezi Cheetahs head coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba said the tournament is opportune time to showcase Zimbabwe’s array of upcoming players.
“This is the only tournament that we get a chance to field a lot of players and for the young players this tournament is a chance for them to express themselves. Lucky for them as they get to express themselves in front of a home crowd and they will get all the support they need.”
“For me this is an exciting tournament because we get to see new talent and I am sure the teams will use the home crowd and conditions to express themselves,” said Nyamutsamba.
Zambezi Cheetahs Captain Stephan Hunduza reiterated his coach’s sentiments saying that it benefits the team to have a wider variety of competent options for selection.
“It is always good for the team when we have upcoming players because they bring use more competition and the pool of players we have pushes us be up there with our game as we prepare to go to the Hong Kong Sevens. As a captain I am happy with the competition we are getting from the youngsters,” said Hunduza
The Lady Cheetahs are coming from a Silver Cup finish from the recently held Hermanus Ladies Sevens in the Western Province of South Africa – Constance Ngwende who was in the final against South Africa is confident about prospects of a home gold.
“I am pretty sure that this time we will make it all the way because of the exposure we got playing against the South African national team and clubs from South Africa. It was a confidence booster preparing us for this tournament so that we keep on improving,” she said.
Zimbabwe’s second string side the Goshawks is laden with young talent coming from the under-21 club circuit and fringe players who are potential Zambezi Cheetahs.
The tournament will also feature six high schools teams that will have a chance to gain an international audience at the tournament.
Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) is joining the nation in charitable work to support victims of Cyclone Idai that largely affected the eastern province of Manicaland.
ZRU has partnered with Econet Wireless in a joint effort to reach out to those affected and will donate 5% of our gate takings as well as turning, the Machinery Exchange Stadium will be collection point for any material donations.
Advance tickets for the Kwese Sevens Tournament can purchase online on www.clicknpay.africa/#/public/kweseRugby
Godfrey Muzanargwo (Mat Warriors), Kudzai Mashawi (HSC), Boyd Rouse (Samurai -UK), Kudakwashe Chiwanza (OGS), Nelson Madida (Mat Warriors), Shingirai Katsvere (OGs), Andrea Banda (Mat Warriors), Biselele Tshamala (Hwange Diggers), Takudzwa Kumadiro (OGs), Brandon Mandivenga (HSC), Stephan Hunduza (Diggers – Zambia) and Brian Nyaude (AAC-Portugal).
Hayden Wison (Normanby RLFC – Australia), Blithe Maveresa (HSC), Godfrey Magaramombe (OGs), Jeremiah Jaravaza (OGs), Akim Dick (OGs), Tich Hwangwa (OGs), Theo Goeredema (Mat Warriors), Tinotenda Nyawasha (Mutare), Tatende Kasorota (OH), Zephaniah Nkomo (HSC), Tadiwa Kandawasvika (UZ), Dylan Jera (Mutare) and Brighton Matiashe (Mutare)
Constance Ngwende (Police), Caroline Making (OH), Peace Sithole (OH), Nikita Kuleya (OGs), Lissy Wasarirevhu (Police), Mufaro Tagarira (Vainona), Precious Marange (HSC), Rumbidzai Chigumbu (OH), Gladys Mukome (Police), Charity Mucucuti (OH) and Wadzanai Chidawa (OH)
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Tanaka Jambe (Hwange), Mitchell Mugodo (Hwange), Litra Sibanda (Hwange), Patience Harubereki (Police), Slue Nyoni (OH), Racheal Tembo (Police), Hazzel Dube (OGs), Nyasha Tutani (OGs), Chiwoniso Mabika (HSC) and Tatenda Chitewe (HSC)