Zimbabwe’s Cheetahs scouting for new rugby sevens talent ahead of Hong Kong

Zimbabwe Sevens head coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba will be on the lookout for new talents at the Kwese Invitational Sevens which will hold at Harare Sports this weekend.

The cheetahs have two important assignments. The first is to win the Hong Kong Sevens qualifiers in a bid to attain core team status in the HSBC World Sevens Series. And the second is to win the Africa Men’s sevens tournament. which will guarantee qualification to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

These are two challenging tasks and the coach is looking for potential players to strengthen his squad and bolster the team’s chances of achieving their goals.

Nyamutsamba, in an interview with IndependentSport, revealed that the Kwese Sevens will be used to discover new talents as well as give game time to some senior squad members.

“The Kwese 7s is the only tournament we will play before the Hong Kong Sevens and we felt it was a good opportunity to have a look at some of the up-and-coming local players, as well as some players we have not had an opportunity to look at,” Nyatsumba said.

“That is the reason why we didn’t call most of the regular players because we want to give new player chance to impress ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens and the Africa Cup in September, which will double as qualifier for the Olympic Games.”

However, Nyatsumba revealed the Africa Men’s Sevens is the main objective because it is a qualifier to the Olympics.

Zimbabwe will have the luxury of fielding two teams at the Kwese Sevens-namely the Cheetahs and the Goshawks. Fielding two teams teams give the coach the opportunity to give all members of the squad game time which is important for proper assessment.

Nyatsumba will then try to blend new talent with the veterans with the aim of forming a formidable squad that will conquer the Hong Kong Sevens qualifiers and the Africa Men’s Sevens.

Hong Kong Sevens kicks off next month and the Africa Men’s Sevens will hold in September.

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