Cheetahs partner Sable Chickens, Zambezi for rugby sevens tourneys

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Cheetahs captain Kudzai Mashawi CREDIT: Charmaine Chitate

The Zimbabwe National Sevens Rugby Committee has announced a partnership with leading poultry producer Sable Chickens and Delta Beverages through their Zambezi Lager brand to host an exciting series of local rugby sevens tournaments.

The two domestic tournaments games will be played over two weekends at Harare Sports Club.

The first round of games – Sable Summer Series slated for April 2 to 3 will see 12 senior men’s teams, six women’s teams and six junior club teams from Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare battle for spots in The Battle of the Zambezi Challenge.

The winning teams will face Zambia and Botswana teams for the title championship in The Battle of the Zambezi Challenge slated for April 9 to 10.

The objective of these tournaments is in line with the Cheetahs’ committee’s vision to develop and empower an all local national squad that will represent Zimbabwe regionally and internationally.

This is also part of Zimbabwe Rugby Union’s strategic development plan which encourages an increased level of participation in the sport thus leading to improved performance.

The tournaments are also meant to assist Zimbabwe’s rugby sevens teams with game time in preparation for the Africa Sevens Cup in Uganda and Tunisia from April 22 to 25 where both men’s and women’s teams have qualified.

“The Zimbabwe Cheetahs are thrilled to have the opportunity to host these premier events. We are confident that will put together an unforgettable experience for our players and we hope to see you there! All games will be live-streamed on Sandsport LIVE Facebook page. All this will not be possible without friends of the Cheetahs namely our Silver Partner Sable Chickens and Bronze Partner Zambezi (DELTA) who are making these tournaments a success,” said Cheetahs coach Graham Kaulback.

The two tournaments are yet another boost for the Cheetahs, who recently held a training camp at the Stellenbosch Academy for Sport in Cape Town, where they played some preparatory matches against the SA Sevens Academy team.

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