Gardner Nechironga threat for OGs

HARARE - Zimbabwe Gold Cup representatives Old Georgians (OGs) risk being deflated by one of their own when they take on South African side Raiders this afternoon at OGs Sports Club in Groombridge.

Kick-off is 3pm.

Former Sables speedster and Zambezi Cheetahs utility back Gardner Nechironga is on the books of Raiders and will line-up against his countrymen this afternoon.

Formerly known as Transvaal Independent Rugby Football Union (TIRFU), Raiders are the first team-based in a historically disadvantaged community to be promoted to the Premier League of the Golden Lions Rugby Union in Gauteng.

The Roodepoort-based side, who play their home matches at the Bill Jardine Stadium, pride themselves as being one of a handful of real, non-racial league clubs in South Africa.

Nechironga had a stint with Old Hararians after returning from Germany before he signed for Raiders in 2014 and has been with the club ever since.

Naturally, the utility back is pleased with the prospect of playing on home soil against some familiar faces.

“It’s a very good thing that I’m coming back to play in Zimbabwe and am excited to come and share the experience,” Nechironga told the Daily News from his South African base.

“It’s good to be back home and do something; I guess it’s one of those moments where I just have to play my game as I always do.

“I haven’t played right in Zimbabwe for a number of years now so I haven’t seen how the standards of competition are like.”

Hosts coach Grant Mitchell is upbeat on starting the Gold Cup campaign at home.

“It is amazing to begin the campaign at home as it is a familiar place,” Mitchell said.

“However, there’s the added pressure of expectation to deliver but we are aware of this and managing it accordingly.

“The matches are never won on the day, they are won over time through continued preparation.”

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