Magaya helps out Sables

HARARE - Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) leader Walter Magaya has extended his helping hand to the national XVs rugby side ahead of their participation at the Hong Kong Cup.

The Sables attended Magaya’s service on Wednesday night after which the PHD leader provided fuel for the players to use while in camp before Wednesday’s departure.

Magaya also hosted the Sables for lunch at his guest house in the capital on Thursday.

“We went for the church service on Wednesday as a team — look, we are a Christian country so any church that invites us we will go,” Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge told the Daily News.

“Magaya for us is a person, a Christian and a concerned citizen of Zimbabwe who wanted to work with us and we are happy to be associated with him.

“Any individual, company or any church that wants to be associated with us, we are a national team so we will not say no to anyone.

“At the moment, he has also helped us with money for fuel, the players are using their personal cars to ferry teammates so it’s a relationship that we are starting but we are not limited to just one church, we will go to any church that wants to be identified with us and we will go to any church to praise God.”

The PHD leader has long been involved with aiding national teams, including both the senior men and women football teams — the Warriors and Mighty Warriors.

He is also the proprietor of Zifa Eastern Region Division One football side Yadah FC, which is fighting for promotion into the topflight league against Buffaloes.

Meanwhile, France-based Zimbabwe tight-head prop Farai Mudariki’s long awaited return to the Sables’ fold has further been prolonged after the player suffered an injury during a league match last weekend.

The 22-year-old, who is on the books of Castres Espoirs, the Youth Academy side for four-time French champions Castres Olympique, has earlier made himself available after missing the team’s failed Africa Cup campaign.

Mandenge said: “It’s a huge blow because he is a good all-round player — good scrummage, good carries and a good defender but we have got other guys who are capable as well who are putting their hands up.

“One thing that I can see now is that there’s a lot of competition in the squad now because these guys know that they are some players who have not been called into camp for one reason or another so those who have gotten the chance now want to make the jerseys theirs.”

The local players will link up with their foreign-based contingent in Hong Kong which comprises Lungile Tshuma, who is plying his trade in USA, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo (Germany) and Andrew Rose (Scotland).

Zimbabwe kick off their Hong Kong Cup campaign against Russia on November 11 and take on the hosts four days later before winding up their round robin games against Papua New Guinea.

Sables squad for Hong Kong:

Denford Mutamangira, Brian Makamure, Cleminson Lawrence, Irvine Nduwa, Michael Passiportis, Witness Mandizha, Tapfuma Parirenyatwa, Lucky Sithole, Osborne Muhambi, Njabulo Ndlovu, Connor Pritchard, Andrew Rose, Biselele Tshamala,  Simba Mandioma, Tolerance Zishe, Kuziwakwashe Kazembe, Josh Gando, Tichafara Makwanya, Lenience Tambwera, Stephan Hunduza, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Teddy Hwata, Riaan O’Neal, Kudzai Mashawi, Gavin Nyawata, Brad Ellse,  Lungile Tshuma

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