The Mbare Rugby Academy’s U18 rugby team will accompany the Zimbabwe 7s Rugby team to the annual Nashua Middelburg Sevens tournament in Mpumalanga, South Africa, from 20 to 23 September.
The rugby academy has proved to be a dominant force in local rugby right from the Colts and U13 to the U16 and U18 age group categories.
Academy director and head coach, Victor Pekani, told Harare News that his team will play in the juniors’ competition which will run concurrently with the main tournament.
The national 7s team, known as the Cheetahs, will compete in the main tournament alongside other international teams such as Wales, Zambia, Kenya and the host team South Africa.
It will be the first and only tournament in which the Cheetahs get to compete before the start of the IRB Sevens World Series in December.
Pekani said he was confident his team, which is composed of young players from schools in Mbare and other surrounding areas in Harare, would do well at the international tournament.
“Firstly we are delighted to have been invited to take part at a prestigious tournament. This is our second appearance, as we took part in the U16 category last year.
“Preparations have been going well so far. My boys have what it takes to get the trophy and that’s what we are all working on, to be the best side in that tournament,” said Pekani.
Since its formation in 2007, Mbare Academy has produced quality players who have gone on to represent Zimbabwe at the highest level.
Ironically three of its protégés Manasah Sita, Njabulo Ndlovu and Stephan Hunduza are expected to be part of the Cheetahs squad to accompany the Mbare Academy U18 squad at the Middleburg 7s.
Mbare Rugby Academy Squad: Shingirai Katsvere, Romeo Mandava, Moses Matenga, Pride Nyameni, Richard Majuru, Tinashe Chibhondo, Brighton Chinyanya, Munashe Kamunda, Marshal Mandizvidza, James Vambe, Brandon Chari, Moses Kuzanga, Victor Mushayahama, Givemore Muchenje, Xavier Mafunga, Wilfred Office, Shingai Nhindi, Loveridge Muderere, Tapiwa Malenga, Takudzwa Francisco, Tendai Dhliwayo and Tafadzwa Mawarire. Coach: Victor Pekani. Manager: Milton Rankeni.