Sita harbours no resentment

HARARE - After dedicating many years to the Zimbabwe Sevens rugby teams, speedster Manasah Sita is surprised by his lack of call-ups in recent years.

Sita, a German-based livewire has not featured for the Sables or Cheetahs for almost three years now despite being a stand-out performer for his German club, TV Pforzheim.

On Sunday evening, the Waterfalls-born wing had to drive 157km from Pforzheim to Frankfurt airport chauffeuring his teammate Tafadzwa Chitokwindo.

Chitokwindo was connecting to Hong Kong that same night to link up with the rest of the Zimbabwe Sevens side hoping to secure the World Rugby Sevens core status later this weekend.

The Hong Kong Sevens takes place from March 27 to 29 with Zimbabwe grouped in Pool G in the qualifier draw along Spain, Tonga, and Guyana.

While Chitokwindo’s influence within the Cheetahs and Sables set up continues to grow, it is not the same for Sita.

In Hong Kong, Zimbabwe will take part in the 12-team qualifier line-up needing nothing short of winning to earn core team status for 2015-16 and replace the lowest ranked side at the conclusion of the current series.

While Zimbabwe Rugby Union named a relatively experienced side for the make or break tour, Sita was not considered.

He, however, took time out to accompany teammate Chitokwindo to the airport, but he wished he was also boarding that flight to Hong Kong to help his country gain core status.

“Ja (sic) but the coaches they got their own team so sometimes you can’t force yourself into the team,” Sita tells the Daily News. “I will be watching and supporting the team though.”

His performances for the Rugby-Bundesliga side have been consistent in the last two years.

The former Old Hararians and Old Georgians speedster played in a European final for his German club in Belgium mid last year.

That saw TV Pforheim win first prize at the Region Sports Award for Baden-Württemberg while Sita received Sportsman of the Year runner-up.

This year, the Rugby-Bundesliga is into its second half of the season, with Sita’s TV Pforzheim perched second with also a chance to progress to the European quarter-finals next week.

“Then week after the finals I will be in Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Sevens tournament with a select team that I have been called up for,” Sita adds.

Despite getting regular game time, at a very competitive level, no recognition from Zimbabwe has been coming.

But a laid back and jovial character, Sita is not one to keep a grudge.

“It’s alright though, I have been there and done it before. So now I just need to focus on my club and future.”

Cheetahs squad: Jacques Leitao (captain), Boyd Rouse, Njabulo Ndlovu, Shayne Makombe, Riaan O’Neill, Kudakwashe Chiwanza, Kilvan Magunje, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Hilton Mudariki, Stephan Hunduza, Biselele Tshamala, Graham Kaulback. Head coach: Daniel Hondo, Assistant coach: John Ewing, Team manager: Steve McDonald

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