Hong Kong Sevens: fans raise US$5,800 to buy food and boots for Zimbabwe

By Michael Hudson

Zimbabwe Sevens’ bid to obtain a spot in the HSBC World Series have seen a massive boost as rugby fans in Hong Kong participated in a fundraiser meant to help the Cheetahs obtain essential supplies such as meals and boots.

AFP reports that the Africa champions arrived in Hong Kong lacking basic amenities and funding from the government because of the economic crisis the country is facing. And Hong Kong rugby fans have taken it upon themselves to finance the Zimbabwe Sevens.

A sum of HK$45,000 (US$5,800) was raised through the fundraiser and Zimbabwe’s head coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba was not surprised at the generosity of the Hong Kong fans and said they team have always received a warm welcome in Hong Kong.

“We always find a visit to Hong Kong a very interesting one and it’s always a helpful one in that we get welcomed by the Hong Kong community,” Nyamutsamba was quoted assaying. “They do lots of charity work for us, they raise funds for us so that we can also be able to get extra kit, and a little something for the boys.”

And Andrew Tasker, the man who organised the fundraiser, was pleased with the turnout and said the Zimbabwe Sevens were blown away by the support.

Zimbabwe have been drawn in pool E against Hong Kong, Tonga and Philippines and must emerge victorious in the World Series qualifier to secure a spot in the HSBC World Series.

Zimbabwe Sevens have already received a helping hand from the Hong Kong fans and will be going all out to win the World Series qualifiers.

Main photo credit: World Rugby

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