Kabras Sugar has lost Zimbabwe international Royal Mwale to Poland based Edach Budowlani Lublin Rugby Club.
The Zimbabwe Daily report that Mwale has signed a three-year contract with the Polish side. He arrived Thursday last week from Kenya where he's been plying trade with the 2016 Kenya Cup champions since December 2019.
The front-rower, who plays hooker as well as a prop is now in coronavirus quarantine which means he will miss his team’s season-opening fixture this weekend and will only join his teammates next week. Lublin plays in Poland’s premier league, known as Ekstraliga.
Mwale -who won Victoria Cup with Zimbabwe in 2019 and has 25 caps under his belt, arrived at Kabras at the same time with Walter Okoth from Nakuru as part of Henly Du Plessis' plan to win the first Kenya Cup title in four years. However, Kenya Cup was disrupted mid-March by the novel Corona Virus and there's no hope of the contact sport resuming any time soon in Kenya.
“I got here yesterday (Thursday) so I will miss the first game of the season this weekend and play next week after my medicals,’’ Mwale told The Zimbabwe Daily.
“I’m excited and looking forward to it and I speak some Polish so I will settle in quite well, I’ve been here over a couple of Christmases, my girlfriend’s family is from the north of the country so I will be happy here,’’ he said.
Another Zimbabwe international rugby player, Martin Mangongo who plays in the backline is also in Poland on the books of Skra Warszawa, based in the Polish capital, Warsaw. Mwale and Mangongo are facing off against each other when their teams collide in three weeks’ time.
Mwale, who played for South African club’s False Bay, Wits University, and Sharks, leaves a time Kabras Sugar have contracted the services of former Sables player, Mzingaye Nyathi as their new head coach. Before heading off to Kenya, Mwale previously played club rugby in South Africa, Spain and Portugal.
-Additional material derived from The Zimbabwe Daily