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Zim to camp in SA ahead of Africa Gold Cup
By Eric Njiru | Mon 07 May, 2018 12:52

Kenya Simbas opponents in the Africa Gold Cup, Zimbabwe, are set for a 10-day camp in South Africa ahead of the African showpiece in June. 

Zimbabwe based Chronicles quoted Zimbabwe head coach Peter De Villiers saying they are going to Johannesburg to prepare for the Gold Cup from May 20-31.

Can't turn the clock backwards

"We are going to South Africa on the 20th of the month for a camp in Johannesburg and I hope that we will put the finer touches on the players and on our play. 

What's so great about this camp is that everybody now understands our structures; it took us a few months, but we are getting there," he said. 

Zimbabwe are set to play Kenya Simbas on Saturday June 30th in Nairobi, which will be Zimbabwe's second match and first away in the competition. 

De Villiers described the time the players spent together in camp as priceless. 

"I am very happy, this is so valuable to us, you can't turn the clock backwards. What we achieved is money in the bank at the moment; we must just go out now and use these kind of opportunities when we get to our first game." 

Before travelling to Nairobi, Zimbabwe will host Morocco while the match after Kenya will be against Tunisia in North Africa. Their next matches will be against Namibia and Uganda. 

"No coach will ever be ready; coaches want more time, but I think we will be prepared. Mentally we will be ready, I worked hard on that side of the game. We will be up for the challenge come the 16th of June and from there we can only build where want to be," De Villiers added. 

The winner of the Gold Cup will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan with the runner up heading to repechage tournament. 

Eric Njiru
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