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Zimbabwe coach safe
By Patrick Korir | Wed 03 Oct, 2018 08:33

Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) will let under fire South African coach Peter de Villiers will stay on and see through his two year contract following a review of the ended 2019 World Cup campaign.

Zimbabwe had a poor showing in the six-team 2019 World Cup qualifier while they were expected to give Namibia a run for the lone World Cup slot - with De Villiers in their rank - turned out to be a relegation candidate who only failed to drop down to second tier rugby with their one and only win from five games in the last game of the qualifiers.

Zimbabwe had an uncharacteristic 23-23 all draw with Morocco at home them went on to fall 45-36 to Kenya and 18-14 to Tunisia on the road in the next two games.

A 28-58 home loss to Namibia followed and when it mattered most they picked a 38-18 over hosts Uganda to survive relegation.

“The board felt that perhaps our goal to win the Gold Cup was too ambitious given the background of where we were coming from. We had no proper league structures to support the campaign and no strength and conditioning structures.” said ZRU president Aaron Jani as quoted by newsday.co.zw

“As far as speculation on the coach was concerned, the board resolved to continue with the two-year contract that we have with the coach. We have decided to strengthen the support and systems around the coach.” he added

To aid de Villiers who was hired early in the year, the board resolved to strengthen the selection panel to take charge of scouting quality players.

This, as well as form a strong and competitive league, improvement on Academy exposure, were the measures put in place to revive the dwindling standards of Zimbabwe's rugby.

Patrick Korir
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