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Africa Gold Cup: Zim name squad to play Morocco
By Eric Njiru | Thu 14 Jun, 2018 17:19

Zimbabwe Sables squad to play Morocco in the opening match of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup on Saturday at 2.30pm has been named.

Head coach Peter de Villiers named the squad on Thursday in Harare where he called for self-belief from his Zimbabwe side as they prepare "for war”.

Hilton Mudariki starts at scrum-half while Tamberwa is at 10 while F.Mudariki and Mutamangira start as the day’s props.

Zimbabwe are seeking a first Rugby World Cup appearance since 1991 and have what looks on paper a gentle start against the North Africans, who only earned their Gold Cup status this year.

"At this moment we are prepared to go play tomorrow but still need these two days going forward to get ourselves ready for all the onslaughts that can come from any part of our opponents," De Villiers told reporters.

A”I’ve been supported greatly by the union. I can say the players too have been treated professionally. We have brought a new dimension to Zim Rugby and everybody has bought into it."

The other match of the day will see Namibia take on Uganda from 4.30pm.

After Saturday’s game, Zimbabwe head for Kenya ahead of a clash with the East Africans on June 30 before another away clash against Tunisia on July 7. 

The Sables will take on Namibia at Hartsfield Rugby Stadium on August 18 in penultimate Rugby World Cup qualifier before taking on Uganda on August 18. 

Round robin

For one to qualify for the 2019 World Cup as Africa 1, they will have to win the round-robin Africa Gold Cup where points will be tallied after the five matches. Africa 1 is placed in pool B that has World Champions New Zealand, South Africa Italy and repechage winner.

The team that finishes second will head to a global repechage tournament in November to try another luck. The four repechage teams will play a round-robin to decide which country will draw into Pool B in Japan with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Africa 1. 

Zimbabwe squad
 15.Katsvere 14.Kumadiro 13.Mashawi 12.Mandivenga 11.Mcnab 10.Tambwera 9.H.Mudariki 1.Mutamangira 2.Makanda 3.F.Mudariki 4.Nyakufaringwa 5.Chipendu 6.Mandiwanza 7.Pritchard 8.Parirenyatwa

Finishers
16.Mandioma 17.Sipapate 18.Cleminson 19.Nyaude 20.Ndlovu 21.Du Toit 22.Chibuwe 23.Baptista

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