ZRU to name coaches

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) Special General Meeting(SGM) held at the weekend ushered in an interim board led by Russell Karimazondo as its president whose mandate is to run the affairs of the local game until fresh elections in December.

Another immediate task for the interim board is appointing coaches to take charge of the various national teams.

The former Sables’ winger, initially a Sports and Recreation Commission appointee to lead ZRU in the absence of the suspended board led by Nyararai Sibanda, got the full backing of delegates at the SGM at Prince Edward School.

Tunga Mashungu, who was also an SRC choice, was appointed vice president North while Dave Nash was appointed vice president South with Aaron Jani getting the treasurer’s post.

Blessing Chiutare remains the ZRU chief executive with Nonsikelelo Sibanda and Sifiso Made completing the executive appointments in that respect as director of rugby and general manager development.

“The SGM ratified a number of resolutions including passing a vote of no confidence on the board suspended by the SRC and also made new appointments with the office bearers expected to superintend over all the ZRU affairs leading into the substantive board elections scheduled for the first week of December,” Chiutare told the Daily News.

“The SGM also endorsed the change of signatories and added the CEO, the new treasurer and another board member to be decided.

“It also gave the interim board the commission to make technical appointments as you know the Sables would need to begin their preparations for the Gold Cup which act as the World Cup qualifiers.

“The games may start early, and they would need to go through their various stages of training including strength and conditioning.

“As for the technical appointments, it is something that will be discussed during the first interim board meeting scheduled for this week, the meeting will outline guidelines to follow on making these appointments in a professional and respectable manner.”

Gilbert Nyamutsamba is in charge of the Zimbabwe Sevens side which he successfully guided to next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens scheduled for San Francisco in USA.

The Sables are currently without a coach after Cyprian Mandenge was axed by the suspended board over the team’s poor campaign in the Gold Cup.

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