THE Matabeleland Provincial rugby team will play the Botswana national side a�� the Vultures a�� in an invitational match scheduled for Francistown on 16 September.
Thirty players are going through their paces at Hartsfield Rugby Ground with the provisional squad set to be trimmed to 20 travelling players.
a�?We held trials last week and the coaches came up with a provisional squad of 30 players and they are training at Hartsfield Rugby Ground. They are an exciting crop of players and we look forward to giving Botswana a good run for their money.
a�?We are yet to apply to the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) for clearance to travel to Botswana but that should not be an issue as we have been invited to play in that country before,a�? said team manager Themba Phiri.
The Matabeleland Provincial team will travel to Botswana a day before the match.
Players from five local clubs a�� Old Miltonians, Bulldogs, Matabeleland Warriors, ZRP Support and Highlanders a�� make up the provisional squad.
Matabeleland Provisional Squad
Mandisa Masuku (Old Miltonians), Sandile Luphuwana (Warriors), Kudzi Mudzekenyedzi (Warriors), Essence (Old Miltonians), Rudi Maredicks (Old Miltonians), Irvine Nduwa (Warriors), Mike Jalimu (Old Miltonians), Zenzele Ncube (Highlanders), Reford Ndlovu (Highlanders), Elisha Rutanga (ZRP Support), Masimba Musiyapinda (Highlanders), Talent Van (Warriors), Tichaona Musariri (Warriors), Nelson Madida (Warriors), Tinotenda Gomiwa (Warriors), Trust Sibindi (Highlanders), Ntandoyenkosi Ndlovu (Highlanders), Lloyd Machanjayire (Warriors), Tarisai Mugariri (Warriors), Tafadzwa George Hlatshwayo (Bulldogs), Thamsanqa Ndlovu (Old Miltonians), Hardlife Masunda (Warriors), Walter Gode (Warriors), Emmanuel Mazikana (Old Miltonians), Andrea Banda (Old Miltonians), Valentine Mufudzo (ZRP Support), Takudzwa Gamanya (Warriors), Japhet Ndebele (Warriors), Eric Mabikwa (Bulldogs), Thabani Sakupwanya (Old Miltonians)
Coach : Zivanai Dzinomurumbi
Ass Coach: Ruben Kumpasa
Manager: Themba Phiri