Cheetahs coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba is not happy with the preparations for the Sevens Rugby World Cup to be held in San Francisco, United States in July after failing to get the much needed support.
Zimbabwe qualified for the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Uganda last year and not enough has been invested in the team in terms of financial and material resources as well as training programmes as part of the teams’ world cup preparations.
The Cheetahs went into camp this week to prepare for the Victoria Falls “Kwese Sevens” Rugby tournament which takes place in the resort town this weekend.
Zimbabwe Cheetahs are the defending champions after winning the tournament last year at Victoria Falls Primary School.
In an interview with ZBC News at Hartmann House in the capital during the team’s training session, Nyamutsamba said not enough investment is being put into sport in Zimbabwe and yet the county expects results without laying the proper foundation.
“Preparations are fraught with lots of challenges. We expected corporates to stampede and support us but nothing has been forthcoming despite many promises from the SRC, government and some corporates, yet they want results and results immediately without investing anything. There’s need to look at sport differently, sport is in itself a business and source of tourism,” he said.
The Cheetahs camp is made up of a core of 36 players, all vying for a place on the team to the world cup.
The players include those playing outside the country, except one US based Shingirai Hlanguyo who is competing in college athletics.
Zimbabwe will field three teams, including a goshawks side and a development side before trimming the side for the April Hong Kong Sevens Tournament to 12 players.
Zimbabwe play against Kenya, Shujaa, South Africa club side False Bay, Lesotho and the Zambian B side.
The Kwese Sevens Victoria Falls tournament is part of preparations for the Hong Kong Sevens and ultimately the world cup in July.
With the sevens rugby world tournament a few months away, Nyamutsamba is not happy the corporate world has not shown any interest despite lots of promises made by the government, the SRC and the corporate world when the Cheetahs qualified in Uganda last October.