Cheetahs leave for Stellenbosch

By Lawrence Trusida

Sports Editor

THE Zimbabwe Sevens Rugby national team is geared up for a hectic schedule that will see them getting into a six-day camp at the South Africa High Academy of Sport in Stellenbosch.

The Cheetahs are preparing for the Africa Cup slated for Uganda in April which also serves as the qualifier for the Rugby Sevens World Cup.

The team will be training at the Stellenbosch Academy with the Blitzbokke academy which is the developmental side of the world’s highest-ranked Sevens nation, South Africa.

Assistant coach, Ricky Chirengende, who will be leading the team on the week-long camp in the absence of Head coach, Graham Kaulback believes they have been given the best opportunity to prepare for Africa Cup.

“The camp is massive for us, training with the best seven-nation currently is priceless having to learn from them and also expose ourselves to matches with them will do us a lot of good,” said Chirengende.

The players are also enthusiastic about the training camp.

“This gives us a chance to be exposed, so now we will learn how to improve and not get exposed and ahead of the tournament this is the best preparation,” said Munesu Maneta, a Player.

After the Stellenbosch camp, the team will host four other nations as well as 10 local and regional clubs in the Zambezi Sevens, before taking part in the Summer Series ahead of the Africa Cup in Uganda next month.