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Shumbas not ready for Nedbank Cup-Captain

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Shumbas not ready for Nedbank Cup-Captain


Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira

MUTARE -Mutare Sports Club (MSC) rugby team captain, Jones Dedza has said that his charges need to work hard if the club is to stand a chance at March 17-19 Nedbank Rugby Cup set for Harare.

Speaking to Mirror Sports, Dedza said that his side’s 22-8 victory over Old Crestonians in Saturday’s derby will count for nothing as it proved that the players are not yet fit for the cup competition.

Saturday’s derby was Shumbas’ first game since the off season ended and the US$23 000 Nedbank Rugby Challenge Cup is slated for next week’s.

“We won 22-8 but I think we still have a long way to go for us to be able to win the Nedbank Cup. Old Crestonians is not a big team and scoring only 22 points is worrying.

“Our main problem was players’ fitness and we just returned from off season, so players are not yet 100% fit. I hope that in the few remaining days we are able to focus on our fitness,” he said.

The Nedbank Rugby Challenge Cup is in its third year running and more than eight teams drawn from the national league are expected to compete

In other matches played on Saturday, Africa University dismissed Spartan 31-5 while in the ladies categories Mutare Select outclassed Honde Valley based side Sahumani Bullets 19-0.

Manicaland Rugby Chairman Moss Kapumha echoed Dedza’s sentiments and said the shumbas’ should build from Saturday’s momentum.

“For the Nedbank Cup, as MSC we are slowly getting there. Saturday’s derby was our first competitive game since we are coming from off-season. The best way is to build from this momentum that we got and we have to polish up our act and also to organize another game before the tournament. We have to work on our shape, strength and conditioning because definitely the Harare challenge will be tough if we do not prepare well,” he said.

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