HARARE – On Saturday, August 4, 2018, Zimbabwe will face Namibia at newly renovated Hartsfield Grounds in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe started its 2018 Rugby Africa Cup campaign on a lukewarm note with a draw and two straight defeats, leaving them in a precarious fourth of the six.
The hungry Sables have been in the camp for a week with minor changes to the training squad that includes the infusion of three Cheetahs, back from the Sevens attempt of the Zimbabwe Rugby World Cup. Shayne Makombe and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo have joined the baseline, while Connor Pritchard takes his place as flank. Chitokwindo and Makombe were responsible for Zimbabwe's first burst of tries in their first game against Wales at the Rugby World Cup Seven. Based in Germany, Antipas Kamkwindo will join the team, replacing Johannes Stander.
On the way to their next meeting, Sables' technical team has been in charge of Harare Sports Club coach Daniel Hondo as coach of the national team's rearguard. Hondo, a former Saber & Cheetah in his time, said: "We have no doubt about the players who have played more well, it is an opportunity for us to see what other players have to offer for our game on Saturday." Namibia remains unchallenged at the competition and we hope that we are the team that presses them ". The HSC coach has mentored his club in qualifying for the upcoming SARU Gold Cup.
The twenty-six men currently in camp for the Namibian meeting are: Denford Mutamangira, David Makanda, Farai Mudariki, Irvine Nduwa, Fortunate Chipendo, Takudzwa Mandiwanza, Connor Pritchard, Tapfuma Parirenyatwa, Ernest Mudzengerere, Lenience Tambwera, Mathew McNab, Brandon Mandivenga, Kudzai Mashawi, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Shingirai Katsvere, Mathew Mandioma, Cleopas Kundiona, Lawrence Cleminson, Antipas Kamkwindo, Brian Nyaude, Hilton Mudariki, Ziyanda Khupe, Shayne Makombe, Tafadzwa Mhende, Lucky Sithole and Tafadzwa. Chitokwindo.
The next meeting of Zimbabwe in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup is scheduled for August 18 against the host, Uganda.