“It is important that the boys stay focused and win each game they play for a top finish. Tunisia is a good side just as the all the teams in the group. The boys just need to play their game and stick to the basics to win our second game,” he said.
Their 13-10 win against Kenya on the opening match of Group A on Saturday was a huge morale booster to the hosts as well as a good gift to the fans who rallied behind the schoolboys.
“Playing at home has been fantastic. The support by the home crowd just boost the teams’s morale. My hope is that the team shows the home crowd some appreciation by winning the tournament and qualify for the World Cup.”
Zimbabwe are boasting of several experienced young players who took part at this year’s edition of the Junior World Rugby Trophy in the United States last June where Chivandire’s charges finished eighth.
These include captain Joshua Smallbones, loose forward Tapiwa Tsomondo, Tawanda Chowe, Mathew Lawson, Kudakwashe Makuvire, Thabani Ndaba and Robert Sargeant.
Zimbabwe needs to maintain the standards they have set for themselves in the past three years of this showdown. They remain the team to beat after winning the competition three years in a row to represent the continent at the world tournament.
Zimbabwe Squad: Forwards: Alva Senderayi, Robin Bhebhe, Lazzie Chisaya, Tawanda Chowe, Matthew Lawson, Kudakwashe Makuvire, Tariro Mashongamhende, Clive Musasiwa, Thabani Ndaba, Daniel Rorke, Joshua Smallbones (captain), Rees Surtees, Tapiwa Tsomondo. Backs: Richard Chigumba, Lance Chikodzi, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Kudzai Mashawi, Luke Masasire, Tarisai Musakanda, Robert Sargeant, Michael Steel, Ian Surtees, Tinashe Toriro, Morgan Vangue.
Fixtures: Wednesday- Namibia v Kenya, Madagascar v Zambia, Zimbabwe v Tunisia, Uganda v Morocco.Post published in: Rugby