Cheetahs get ready for Dubai Invitational
Mehluli Sibanda, Sports Editor
ZIMBABWE national sevens rugby team coach, Graham Kaulback has named the final squad of 12 players for the Dubai Invitational Sevens in the United Arab Emirates early next month.
The Dubai Invitational Sevens will take place from December 1 to 3 at the same time as the Emirates Dubai Sevens but Zimbabwe are not playing in the main event.
After former Cheetahs captain Kudzai Mashawi called time on his from international rugby career, Kaulback has settled for Tadius Dzandiwandira and Godfrey Magaramombe as the co-captains for the Dubai Invitational Sevens.
From the team which did duty at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town, South Africa, Emmanuel Zangari and Godknows Mavara, who play for Botswana club Spartans have been called up for national duty together with the experienced Takudzwa Kumadiro. Shadreck Mandaza has received his maiden Cheetahs call up.
Kaulback had an opportunity to make final decisions on the squad for the Dubai Invitational Sevens when the Cheetahs took part in the Zambezi Challenge at Harare Sports Club last weekend where they finished as runners up to Germany.
It appears that is when he decided to call up Zangari and Mavara when the duo turned out for their Botswana club.
Meanwhile, the Cheetahs, who are in camp in Harare leave for the UAE on Tuesday and they play their first match two days later against 7 Fantastics, a French rugby sevens team.
Zimbabwe Cheetahs: Tadius Dzandiwandira(co-captain), Godfrey Magaramombe (co-captain), Emmanuel Zangari, Tapiwa Malenga, Kudakwashe Nyamakura, Alex Nyamunda, Carlos Matematema, Ryan Musumhi, Godknows Mavara, Shadreck Mandaza, Edward Sigauke, Takudzwa Kumadiro
Head coach: Graham Kaulback
Assistant coach/team manager: Ricky Chirengende. Physiotherapist: Alice Randall. – @Mdawini_29