By RONALD CHAWE –
ZIMBABWE Sevens head coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba has hailed Zambia’s rise in the Sevens format of rugby saying it will also help his side growstronger.
Nyamutsamba told the media after his side Zimbabwe thumped Zambia 38-5 in the finals at the just ended Maseru 7s in Lesotho that his teamcould only grow stronger when those around them keep pushing.
The coach hailed the Zambian’s sevens management for the work in raising the levels of the team and that his southern neighbours were not far away from bringing the topprize home.
“As we congratulate the Zimbabwe Cheetahs, we take a moment for Zambia Sevens team and management for a sterling job and fine performances.
“We can only grow stronger when those around us keep us on our toes so we scale heights above them,” he said.
He said that while the Cheetahs would glow in the big win, it would paycredit to the teams that made his side to redeem pride.
“Our dream will be realised with Zambia and everyone around us gettingstronger. Congratulations to Zambia and well done to the Cheetahs. With less than two weeksleft until kickoff of the Africa Sevens this was a massivepreparations for both teams,” he said.
Both Zambia and Zimbabwe will be heading to Kampala, Uganda for the2017 Africa Cup sevens tournament that will be played next weekend.
Host Uganda, Lesotho, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia,Morocco, Senegal, Mauritius and Zambia are some of the countries taking part in the Africa Sevens.
This year’s tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 Hong KongSevens tournament, from which two teams compete for a chanceto gain core status in the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series.
The Africa Sevens will also be a qualifier to the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.