The Zimbabwe women’s rugby side, the Lady Cheetahs have begun preparations for this year’s Africa Cup after the side won two matches and lost four matches at the Africa Sevens rugby tournament in Tunisia last year to drop from position three to seven in rankings.

Coach Abigail Kawonza said past performances have taught the squad the essence of timeous and early preparations to ensure the ladies are well conditioned and have ample game time practice.

Last year, the team delayed camp after struggling to raise money to book a field to practice and cancelled plans to hold friendly matches, leaving then unprepared.

The Lady Cheetahs won 15-5 against Senegal and lost 28-19 to Madagascar, 40-0 to Kenya, lost 24 -7 to Tunisia, and  29-7  to Madagascar, and finished with a 26-0 win over Morocco to finish the World Rugby Sevens qualifying tournament a disappointing in seventh position.  

Neighbours, South Africa finished the tournament on top followed by Kenya, Tunisia, Uganda, Madagascar, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Morocco in that order.