UK Zims urged to support ‘Cheetahs’ at Twickenham

Zimbabweans in the UK are being urged to fly their nation’s flag and gather to show their support for the national rugby sevens team, the Cheetahs.

The team is headed for the world famous Twickenham sports stadium in May as part of the World Sevens Series, which includes teams from South Africa, England and New Zealand.

Sevens is considered by many to be a more exciting version of the traditional rugby game, involving only seven players instead of the usual 15. Although it does not yet have the vast international following as its big brother, Sevens rugby is fast becoming a favourite among sports fans.

Zimbabwe’s Cheetah’s are also gaining a reputation as a team to watch, after a convincing last round in Hong Kong last week. This year Zimbabwe is in Pool E alongside Spain, Canada and the Philippines, managing to beat both Canada and Philippines and only losing to Spain in the Hong Kong series.

The Cheetah’s team is formed of Fortune Chipendu, Jacques Leitao, Njabulo Ndlovu, Jacques Coles, Manasah Sita, Mike Morris, Graham Kulback, Tangai Nemadire, Daniel Hondo, Gardner Nechironga, Gerald Sibanda and Wes Mbanje. They are being coached by Gilbert Nyamutsamba

Zimbabweans are now being urged to support the team as much as possible at the London leg of the series, set for the 12th and 13th May. London based fan Knox Saungweme told SW Radio Africa that even without much support the team has been doing well.

“I think a lot of support will really help the team do well. I really hope people will come out in their numbers and fly the flag and support our boys,” Saungweme said.

Read more about the Marriott London Sevens Series at Twickenham: Radio Africa News

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