Funds hamper Sables camp

HARARE - The Zimbabwe national XVs rugby side’s training camp scheduled for Bulawayo this weekend hangs in the balance owing to unavailability of funds, the Daily News has established.

Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge had intended to hold camps in Harare and Bulawayo monthly on a rational basis.

“We planned to take the guys to Bulawayo this weekend for camping predominantly for the local players because we made a consensus that we should not always cry over our preparations or lack of it,” Mandenge said.

“The indication however, is that there’s no money. We know resources are tight but my thinking is that at times we need to make sacrifices.”

The team last got together as a unit during the Hong Kong Four Nations tournament where they finished in third place with a single win against debutants Papua New Guinea.

In the absence of the foreign-based contingent, locally-based players have been training once every month.

“With these local camping clinics the idea will be rotating them between Harare and Bulawayo. Should this one go through we will train tomorrow (today), three sessions on Saturday and one on Sunday,” Mandenge said.

“If push comes to shove, I think I would have to tinker with the programme and travel alone to reach the other end so that there’s a bit of assessment of the Bulawayo guys instead of abandoning the project completely.

“We have about 14 guys from the capital that we are supposed to travel with for the first meet of this weekend.”

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