Lady Cheetahs for Botswana tournament

Nkosilodumo Ndebele
LADY Cheetahs will participate in the Rugby Africa (RA) Womena��s Sevens Cup in Botswana this weekend.

Participating countries are Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya and Senegal.

The team that is a mixture of youth and experience began preparations for the tournament in January this year.

Vice captain of the Lady Cheetahs Constance Ngwenya is hoping for better fortunes this time around.

a�?The training started in January and we hope we are going to raise the flag of Zimbabwe high. We are hoping for better fortunes this time around as we have a blend of youth and experience,a�? said Ngwenya.

A squad comprising 12 players and three officials left for Botswana on Thursday.

The tournament will be preceded by the Rugby Africa Women General Assembly, which will take place in the week leading up to the tournament.

Botswana Rugby president Dave Gilbert expressed delight at the prospect of Botswana holding a significant continental rugby event and promised to deliver a good tournament as they had full support of the country sportsa�� governing body the Botswana National Sport Commission.

Gilbert, who is also the vice president of Rugby Africa, said they would continue to advocate for the development of women rugby on the continent.

a�?The events could not have come at a more perfect time for Botswana as the Southern African country will also be hosting the 7th International Working Group (IWG) conference on women and sports, in the month of May,a�?said Gilbert.

Botswana has held IWG office for the past four years and the conference is expected to attract a large audience from around the world to discuss issues of women in sports.