THE Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday advertised the post the Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team manager which was left vacant since Bruce Hobson retired last month.
REPORT BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Former Zimbabwe Sevens rugby player and ZRU manager, Grant Mitchell is a strong favourite to land the post should he decide to apply.
Another former player, Basil Dingiswayo, who has previously managed the Zimbabwe Sevens’ second string side, the Goshawks, has also emerged as one of the strong contenders for the vacant post. Former Cheetahs’ speedster Tafadzwa Mhende, who has managed the junior Sevens teams isalso tipped for the post.
In statement, the ZRU said, one of the requirements is that the person be able to run all off-field operational issues with regard to team management of the squad in preparations for and on all international assignments as designed by Zimbabwe Sevens among other things.
The statement reads: “Applications from suitably qualified candidates with traceable references as a proven record in the field of sports management and specifically related to rugby are invited for the position of Team Manager of the Zimbabwe Sevens rugby team “Only applicants who meet the above criteria will be considered.”
The letter said the responsibilities of the new team manager include the following: lManagement of all off-field operational issues with regard to management of the squad in preparations for and on all international assignments as designed by Zimbabwe Sevens.
lPlayer welfare and reporting on discipline issues, medical emergencies, daily run sheets and timings, responsibility for care and distribution of training equipment in playing kit
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lResponsibility and management of all financial issues relating to players. Support to players and management to ensure successful, professional international assignments
lLiaison to the media when it specifically relates to the Cheetahs.
Interested applicants were advised to submit their application to the ZRU chairperson before the September 2 deadline.
The new Cheetahs team manager is expected to be named before the Cheetahs’ first assignment of the new Sevens season, the Middleburg Sevens which runs from September 20 to 23.
After the Middleburg Sevens the team is expected to continue with their preparations until their first IRB World Sevens Series tournament in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from December 7-8.