'Rugby has to be played'

HARARE - Harare Sports Club chairman Donald Mangenje says Zimbabwean domestic rugby will resume this year despite the absence of a principal sponsor – while concerted efforts to secure finding are being made. 

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) last Thursday held an emergency meeting with clubs over plans to revive the country’s national league, which was abandoned last year after Delta Beverages withdrew its sponsorship.

The NRL was not completed last season following the abrupt departure of Delta, who bankrolled the league through their Lion Lager brand.

The meeting resolved to form a committee to source sponsorship and run the league.

Mangenje said due to lack of resources, the league will run on regional basis, northern and southern, with nationals expected later in the year.

“The committee will run the league and source sponsorship,” said Mangenje.

“Clubs, however, will have to foot the hosting expenses themselves and look for their own sponsorship. The committee will run the league representing the clubs.

“As Sports Club, it’s hard trying to rebuild, but next week we will start serious training. As a club we want to play rugby, we can’t afford not to. For the love of the game we want to play. We have to be more innovative and think and think out of the box. So definitely rugby has to be played.”

Comments (1)

keep on dreaming as usual..i would rather go play my rugby elsewhere than play here where top bosses operate like baboons on a looting spree. play rugby at whose expense and when one gets injured? rugby is not a game of sissies meaning in every game you are bound to be hurt and who has to cough out medical expenses????? all you want is things to happen while you sit on your behinds and squander whatever little can be raised. no wonder why Delta pulled out..its because they saw that they kept on feeding the same baboons that never fill up but continue to be greedy..you know yourselves

keepondreaming - 27 January 2015

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