The Zimbabwe senior 15s rugby side, the Sables are ready for the encounter against their bitter rivals, Kenya in a match set for Hartsfield rugby grounds in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The best way to describe the mood in the Sables camp with the countdown to the tie would be “calm before a storm.”

The Africa Cup fixture is crucial for both sides if they are to be in the Africa group 1A next year which would make them eligible for World Cup qualifiers.

When the ZBC News crew visited the team in camp at the hotel, the players were relaxed with their coach, Cyprian Mandenge conceding that Kenya was playing well but he was going for the kill come Saturday.

Scrum half Hilton Mudarikire, utility back row Andrew Rose and centre Gavin Nyawata were full of confidence on the Sables’ chances and also called upon the fans to come in their thousands to rally behind them.

The Zimbabwean camp was boosted by the return of captain and loose forward Danford Mtamangira but there is a slight scare as Andrew Rose has to undergo a late fitness test following a suspected torn hamstring.

The historic match is expected to record a sellout crowd at Hartsfield rugby ground as the action starved Bulawayo fans will get a rare opportunity to watch the sables in action.