The Zimbabwe national rugby sevens team are scheduled to leave the country tomorrow for Zambia, where they are expected to defend their Castle Sevens trophy.
The Cheetahs have won the trophy in the last three years.
Some of the regular players who are expected to make the trip include captain Jacques Leitao, Fortune Chipendo, Daniel Hondo, Grant Mitchell, Japhet Ndebele, Matthew Rowe and the South African-based duo of Tangai Nemandire and Gardner Nechironga.
Other upcoming youngsters like Njabulo Ndlovu, Graham Kaulback, Scotty Jones and Tafadzwa Mhende could also make the trip to Zambia.
Assistant coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba, who will be in charge of the team in the absence of the England- based mentor Liam Middleton, said they were taking the competition very seriously.
“As you might be aware of there are a number of good teams that will be taking part at the tournament and we want to hit the ground running in preparation for other upcoming tournaments next month,” said Nyamutsamba.
The Cheetahs are arguably the most successful rugby national team. Team manager Bruce Hobson said some of the players from the victorious Under 19 side were going to play for the development side, the Goshawks.
Zimbabwe is in group B with minnows Botswana and old foes Namibia while the development side the Goshawks is in group C with hosts Zambia, Botswana’s B side, Gaborone Select and Soweto Select from Zambia.