The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) is confident that the Cheetahs will make the nation proud at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
Interviewed at Old Georgians Sports Club, team coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba said they would do their best to come home with the coveted trophy.
“Our target is to play good rugby and we are looking forward to doing that at this World Cup. Of course we hope to be among the last two in our group but we know we will achieve that.
“This time we have a bigger advantage as six of the guys in the squad played last time,” said Nyamutsamba.
Veteran Daniel Hondo, who had been struggling with an ankle injury, passed a late fitness test and is part of the traveling team.
“He has fully recovered from his injury and was in camp with the other players,” said Nyamutsamba.
Players in the squad who come from Harare clubs are Daniel Hondo from Harare Sports Club, Fortune Chipendu and Jacques Leitao from Old Georgians and Tangai Nemadire and Gardner Nechironga from Old Hararians.
Nyamutsamba said it was not an easy decision to announce the final list, as all the players in the camp were exceptionally good.
Nechironga, one of the players selected, reported that morale in camp is high. “The guys in the team have trained hard and are still training hard. We hope to do better than our previous performance in the IRB performance in Twickenham in the London League, which we took part in May earlier this year. Morale is also high as there are young players in the squad who are playing for the first time but are out standing players,” said Nechironga. This is Nechironga’s second World Cup.
The Cheetahs have featured in three World Cups since the first tournament was held twenty years ago in in 1993 in Scotland, the birthplace of rugby sevens.
The Cheetahs have been holding their training sessions at Old Georgians Sports Club in Harare.
Players who will do duty are: Jacques Leitao (Captain), Mike Morris, Fortune Chipendu, Jabulo Ndlovu, Gardner Nechironga, Tangai Nemadire, Daniel Hondo, (Vice Captain), Wesley Mbanje, Tafadzwa Chitopindo, Lucky Sithole, Garth Ziegler, Kelvin Magunje and team coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba.
The first game is on Friday, 28 June.