Gidza basks in Cheetahs' glory

HARARE - Zambezi Cheetahs coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba has called on all stakeholders to rally behind his charges after their Sevens triumph in Tunisia at the weekend.

Zimbabwe overcame shoddy preparations and the absence of a number of their regular players before storming into the final where they beat Kenya 17-5 in Monastir.

With the win, the Cheetahs have qualified to play on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series legs in Dubai, Cape Town and Hong Kong.

“Today we celebrate but being Africa champions means the work starts now. Being Africa champions means that we now get to take part in three World Series tournaments the first one being in Dubai then followed by Cape Town and Hong Kong,” Nyamustamba said.

“And these tournaments will come fast and hard and we will be competing against the world’s best so the work starts now.

“If we do expect to compete at a world stage, we need to back these boys a bit more. The players have come out and competed against the best in Africa, they have done us proud and I feel going forward, we need to put in more time and more effort and invest more in our players.”

Nyamutsamba could not hide his joy after leading the Cheetahs to their third African title to add to their victories in 2000 and 2012.

“...Africa Champions again! I’m really proud with the way the team played; the boys really did give it all they got,” the Bulawayo-based coach said.

“The turning point was the semi-final; 19 points down and managing to come back from that and winning it.

“I’m really proud of the boys and we now get to celebrate and thanks to everyone that has been part of this journey, it has been a long way coming and we truly the deserve the results that we got at the end.”

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