Hunduza reunites with Mandenge


Utility back-liner Stephan Hunduza has reunited with former Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge after signing for Old Hararians Rugby Club ahead of the 2019 domestic season.

The short and stout Hunduza, who is not afraid to take on any opponent regardless of frame and mass, was playing for Diggers in Zambia last season and just recently returned home to captain the Zambezi Cheetahs during the Kwese 7s series.

The former Churchill Bulldogs fullback was handed his Sportivo debut in 2011 by Mandenge and went on to win the Lion Lager National League Championship in 2012 before scooping the top try scorer award a year later.

The same year, Mandenge also handed Hunduza his Sables debut following a crippling rebellion by senior players just before a World Cup qualifier against Madagascar. Since then he has continued to serve the national team with pride and gusto.

Mandege, who is also coming back to OH following his stint with the Sables which ended in 2017, could not hide his joy on tying down his prodigy. 'I am happy to work with a quality player like him. I first coached him at Harare Sports Club and I am the one who gave him his first cap there,” Mandenge told the Daily News yesterday.

“I also worked with him at national team level. His leadership skills were confirmed when he was made national Sevens captain. He is very humble, hard-working and disciplined.” Mandenge’s former club Harare Sports Club won the rugby league last season but the coach insists this season the target for OH is nothing short of a clean sweep.

“We didn’t make any other big signings apart from Stavo because I’m not the kind of coach who goes around taking all the best players but I don’t turn away any quality players as well,” he said. “I like to work with players that want to be at a club because that’s the club they prefer and not some who want to be with the club because it’s winning or other reasons.

“I believe in grooming players and I am happy with the players that I have. “Simply put there are no two ways, OH is a big club so the target is to take it back where it is supposed to be, there are no two ways about it.”

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