Lady Cheetahs brace for Africa Cup

The Zimbabwe sevens women’s rugby team, the Lady Cheetahs, are in Kenya for the 2014 Confederation of Africa Rugby Africa Cup, where they have been drawn in the same group with Tunisia, Uganda and perennial rivals Namibia.

Eight teams have qualified for the Africa Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament, to be held on Saturday. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semi-finals. The other group features South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar.

Coincidentally, Tunisia, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, and Namibia, who have dominated the African game at the men’s level, are the same teams that have qualified for the women’s tournament.

The Zimbabwe national men’s team, the Sables, will face-off against Uganda, Madagascar and Namibia in the qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup finals. Uganda dethroned Zimbabwe as CAR Africa Cup champions last year.

South Africa’s Springboks are highly-rated in international rugby and do not play in the World Cup qualifiers in Africa, as they have automatic entry to the finals.

The Lady Cheetahs, ranked fifth at the sevens competition, have called most of the players that did well at the Middleburg Sevens tournament in South Africa, where they won the highly-competitive event, and should feel confident in Kenya.

Coach Abigail Govere has called up the likes of Chengetai Katumba, Getrude Masora, Precious Marange, Rumbidzai Chabveka, Barbara Ruramai Shumba and Ruvimbo Museere who have served the team well in the past.

Zimbabwe have been in camp since February and should be well tuned to give up a good run.

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