Sables start CAR campaign against Botswana


The Zimbabwe Sables will start their campaign in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Africa Cup Group C with a fairly easy encounter against lowly ranked Botswana next Wednesday in Bulawayo.
The Sables team manager Noddy Kanyangarara said the matches would start at the semi- final stage after the draw was conducted by the CAR Board.
In the other semi- final, Madagascar plays against Zambia.
The CAR matches had initially been expected to start on Saturday at Hartsfield’s Grounds but have now been deferred to Wednesday.
Zimbabwe will have to battle with Madagascar, Zambia and Botswana for a place in the November finals where they will meet the winners of the other groups in the other regions.
The visiting teams arrive on Monday, the same day the Sables’ final squad would be named at a press briefing in Bulawayo.
“The coach will announce the 24- man team for the game at a press briefing in Bulawayo. The team is most likely to be dominated by players who featured in the Victoria Cup,” said Kanyangarara.
Kanyangarara also told NewsDay that the Sables had already started preparations for the competition, with the team divided into two batches.
“The Harare based players are currently training at Harare Sports Club with assistant coach Cyprian Mandenge while the Bulawayo contingent is conducting their training sessions under the watchful eye of coach Brendon Dawson at the match venue,”said Kanyangarara.