ZRU in bid to raise $100k

HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union general manager Sifiso Made admits it is an uphill task to raise $100 000 required to host the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Men Sevens tournament but is confident the money can be secured in time.

The tournament kicks runs from November 29 to 30 at the Harare Sports Club and will involve Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Senegal, Zambia, Ivory Coast, South Africa and hosts Zimbabwe.

ZRU have pegged the budget of hosting the tournament $100 000 with Car is expected to provide 25 percent of the amount while the rest will be sourced from the corporate world.

“It's also going to be a struggle, we are always looking for more because what we get from Car covers the bare minimum but like I have always said there are a lot of corporate establishments and individuals out there who love rugby in Zimbabwe,” Made said.

“I know that at the end of the day we will be able to stage a world class event not only for Zimbabwe but for the rest of Africa and the world at large.”

Made said preparations have gathered momentum from an administration point of view and there is confidence amongst the union's leadership that the tournament will be a success.

“There is nothing that stops or deters us from holding a properly funded event. I know economically we are still recovering but yet again we will have the support of Car and again as Zimbabweans have always rallied behind a cause that is worthwhile so I do not see us failing to host a spectacular event,” he said.

“As you know, we have hosted tournaments of such a pedigree, this is the fifth time that we will be hosting an international sevens event.”

Car awarded Zimbabwe the right to host the tournament after Africa's governing body had expressed its approval of the union's development and administration structures.

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