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Victoria Falls in regional weekend Rugby fiesta

17/03/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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THE Matebeleland North resort town comes alive this weekend with the first ever Kwese Sports Victoria Falls Sevens rugby tournament featuring four countries.

Zimbabwe, with three sides-the Cheetahs, Goshawks and President’s VII, will battle it out with teams from Zambia, Namibia and Botswana while there will also be developmental Under 19 sides.

The tournament is the first ever such sporting event in the resort town, apart from the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon which is coming mid-year, as the town attracts sports tourism.

The three Zimbabwe teams arrived on Thursday while Namibia, Botswana and Zambia arrived Friday ahead of the games that start Saturday ending Sunday.

Sevens Coach, Gilbert Nyamutsamba, said the two-day extravaganza is a platform to identify and select a team for the Africa Cup in November.

“We tried to select more of local players because we want to prepare a squad for the Africa Cup,” he said during Friday training session.

However, the Cheetahs and their second tier sides Goshawks and President’s VII were met with scotching heat in Victoria Falls which could work against them when they face Namibia and Zambia who are used to high temperatures of the north.

The Cheetahs team include veterans Wade Petzer, Scott Jones, Gardner Nechironga and Captain Hilton Mudariki.  Kwesé Sports, launched on 4 December 2015, by Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless, are the sponsors of the tournament, which will be staged in the resort town for the next five years.

The games will be broadcast live on Kwese channels and crews have already set outside broadcast equipment while a drone will be used for aerial capture.

The developmental Under 19 sides will be Petra High School, Milton High and Bulawayo Old Mutual Select from Bulawayo, Plumtree High, Goromonzi High, Mbare Academy and Botswana under 19.

The Under 19s will be pooled together into two groups with A and B sides also pooled into two respectively.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union vice president Noddy Kanyangarara said all was in place for the games which Zimbabwe hopes to win at all costs.



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