'Come on, Cheetahs!'

HARARE - German-based Zimbabwe sevens rugby star Manasah Sita, who is currently sidelined by injury, is disappointed he will not be involved in the Cheetahs’ quest to qualify for next year’s  IRB Sevens World Cup, but has backed his team-mates to go all the way.

The Cheetahs are currently in Morocco ahead of the Africa Zone qualification tournament for world rugby’s shorter version showpiece to be hosted by Russia next year.

Sita, who few months ago signed for TV Pforzheim from fellow Rugby-Bundesliga side SC Neuenheim, said he will be closely monitoring his teammates’ progress in Casablanca from his German base.

The former Old Hararians and Old Georgians utility back went under the knife back in May and was ruled out of action for six months.

However, Sita defied the doctors three months in the sick bay and played for his new club.

The Zimbabwe sevens and fifteens international lasted only 10 minutes before aggravating his injury to further extend his time off for both club and country.

Yesterday, Sita backed the Cheetahs to win the seven-team qualifying tournament in Casablanca and qualify for next year’s World Cup in Moscow.

“I think we got a big chance to make it,” the Mbare-bred ace told the Daily News. I know the boys that are part of the team will do the job.”

Zimbabwe are the strongest nation in the seven-team qualification tournament in both ranking and international experience.

The tournament’s two finalists qualify for the World Cup, joining automatic qualifiers South Africa and Kenya as Africa’s four representatives.

“I was really looking forward to the games, but now I can’t be part of it because I injured my shoulder again during our first game of the season and I am out till next year.”

The Cheetahs are grouped in Pool B together with Tunisia, Namibia and Ivory Coast while Zambia, Madagascar and Nigeria make up Pool A.

“We have made it before in 2009, though I was not part of that side. So we just need to believe in each other, work as a team and just do our best to come out with results.”

Sita was naturally frustrated about his time on the sidelines.

“I have been sitting out for almost four weeks now. I’m playing for a new club and it was going to be my first season with them,” he said.

“But then I ended up playing only 10 minutes and now I’m out till next year. However, it’s part of the game. Of course, they (TV Pforzheim) were expecting much from me. So I’m just waiting for my shoulder to heal then I will be back second half of the season.”



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