Articles tagged 'africa cup'

Nyamutsamba picks his men 30 September 2017 HARARE - Zambezi Cheetahs coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba has named his final 12-man squad for next weekend's Africa Cup Sevens tournament to be held in Kampala, Uganda. Zimbabwe have been placed in Pool B for the tournament which starts next Saturday in the Ugandan capital together with Madagascar,...
Mandenge laments depleted squad 16 June 2017 HARARE – Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge (pictured) has bemoaned the absence of some of his key players ahead of the team's first Test match of 2017 away to Senegal in the Africa Cup on June 24. The Zimbabwe national rugby side travel to Dakar hoping to kick-start their Africa Cup campaign on a ...
Sables training squad named 9 June 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday announced a training squad of 30 players for the next month's African Cup Test match against Senegal at Hartsfield in Bulawayo. The team comprise seven foreign-based players in prop Lawrence Cleminson, Witness Mandizha (lock), Biselele Tshamala...
Funds will be key: Mandenge 22 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe senior men's XVs rugby coach Cyprian Mandenge said resources will be important in his side's quest to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Sables were handed a lifeline after Rugby Afrique changed the format of the qualifying campaign for the tournament. Zimb...
Sables get down to business 25 November 2016 HARARE - The Zimbabwe senior men rugby side, fresh from the Regal Hotels Four Nations Cup in Hong Kong, will continue with their preparations for the Africa Cup and not wait for the routine camping that is usually done just before crucial assignments. The Sables finished in third place at the ...
Mandenge wants to stay as Sables coach 26 July 2016 HARARE - Cyprian Mandenge still wants to continue as the Sables' coach but he is unsure whether the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) will keep him in charge of the national team. The Sables suffered another suffered another demoralising 27-34 home defeat to Uganda at the weekend in the 2016 Africa C...
Sables relegated after Uganda defeat 24 July 2016 HARARE - The Sables have been relegated to the Africa Cup Group 1B following another abominable 34-27 home defeat to Uganda yesterday at Police Grounds. The last time Zimbabwe played in the lower tier of Africa's premier rugby tournament was way back in 2011 when they won promotion to Group 1A...
Sables in must win encounter 21 July 2016 HARARE - Sables coach Cyprian Mandenge is confident his charges will be able to recover from the shocking home defeat to Kenya in a must win African Cup Test match against Uganda at the Police Grounds this Saturday. The Sables suffered a humiliating 61-15 defeat at the hands of the Simbas at t...
Ruthless Namibia wallop Sables 80-6 16 August 2015 HARARE - Namibia have lifted the 2015 Africa Cup 1A trophy after showing their class to dispatch an ill-prepared Zimbabwe 80-6 at Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek yesterday. The Sables pack was totally outclassed by the Welwitschias forwards led by flank Renaldo Bothma in a one-sided enc...
Mandenge cries for help 8 July 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby coach Cyprian Mandenge has called on all rugby stakeholders to back him 100 percent if he is to achieve the best possible results. Mandenge is on a four-year performance-based contract with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) and has so far got off to a perfect start with Af...
Sables weather Tunisia storm 6 July 2015 HARARE - When referee Kurt Weaver blew his whistle to end the Rugby Afrique 1A Championship match between Zimbabwe and Tunisia, there was a huge sigh of relief across Prince Edward School.  The Sables had played poorly when they had been expected to steam roll past the North Africans to secure...
Sables on right track but... 21 June 2015 HARARE - The Zimbabwe-Kenya Africa Cup clash last weekend at Prince Edward School' Jubilee Filed drew one of the biggest rugby crowds (plus-minus 7 000) seen in recent years. Only one thing was on their expectant mob-mind and would be acceptable - a win against the fast-rising, ambitious Simba...
Sables crawl to finish line 16 June 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby 15s coach Cyprian Mandenge is justified in his criticism of the Sables despite the 28-20 win over Kenya in Saturday's Africa Cup encounter at Prince Edward School. “When we scored first, I think the guys thought it was an easy game. A bit of relaxing. I think the Kenyan...
Sables player ratings 16 June 2015 HARARE - Forwards Andrew Rose, Denford Mutamangira and Kingsley Lang outshone their teammates during Saturday's Africa Cup match against Kenya at Prince Edward School. Despite a good start, the Sables had to defend doggedly in the second half to secure a 28-20 victory at Jubilee Filed. Belo...
We can do better – Mandenge 14 June 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby coach Cyprian Mandenge feels his side's performance in their Africa Cup opener against Kenya yesterday was far from convincing. The Sables were able to hold out for a 28-20 win over the Simbas but Mandenge believes having a “crush programme” for a training camp did not ...
Sables survive Simbas scare 14 June 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby team yesterday weathered the tide of fatigue and inadequate preparedness to edge Kenya 28-20 to get their Africa Cup campaign off to a flying start. Flank Andrew Rose and eighthman Kingsley Lang were the few bright sparks in Zimbabwe's pack that was clearly overwhelmed ...
Sables hope to defy odds 13 June 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe will have to overcome a week-long training camp devoid of any preparatory matches, if they are to beat Kenya this afternoon's Africa Cup rugby clash at Prince Edward School. Without a sponsor, the Sables have had to make do with meagre resources, but unlike the financially tr...
ZRU breaks silence 14 February 2014 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) has responded to widespread criticism over the slow pace of 2015 World Cup qualifiers preparations by announcing the Sables will tour South Africa in June in addition to three proposed home tests against an unconfirmed European team. The Sables will play...
Sables: Time to reconcile 15 July 2013 HARARE – On some rare occasions, failure can be viewed in positive light. One such occasion is Zimbabwe's defeat to Kenya on Sunday in the Africa Cup final, which saw the Sables relinquish their continental title to the East African side, who were thoroughly prepared and very professional in t...
Sables stun Madagascar 11 July 2013 HARARE - The new look Zimbabwe national rugby team stunned Madagascar 18-38 in front of a 40 000-strong home crowd in Antananarivo on Wednesday in the Africa Cup opening match. The ill-tempered match almost ended in tragedy when Sables front rower Simba Mandioma had a piece of his ear beaten off ...
Can makeshift Sables survive? 9 July 2013 HARARE Zimbabwe rugby coach Brendan Dawson on Tuesday named five new caps in the starting line-up to face hosts Madagascar in the Africa Cup opener in Antannarivo Wednesday afternoon.The Sables, who are the defending champions, must at least stay up in the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Gro...
Sables geared for Africa Cup 7 July 2013 HARARE - The Zimbabwe national rugby team seems to be in high spirits despite the controversy that rocked the squad after a revolt by senior player ahead of their defence of the Car African Cup. The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) axed 10 players, who include captain Costa Dinha, experienced centre...