Zimbabwe's Brandon Mandivenga (C) is tackled by a pair of Kenyan players as he offloads the ball during the 2018 Rugby African Gold Cup match between Kenya and Zimbabwe in Nairobi on June 30, 2018. Kenya won 45-36/Photo/AFP

De Villiers: Zimbabwe’s World Cup dream still alive

Zimbabwe Sables boss Peter De Villiers exuded confidence that his charges are still in the race to the Japan 2019 showpiece despite a winless start in the Africa Gold Cup. 

The Sables crumbled late into the clash at the RFUEA grounds last Saturday, going down 45-36 to Kenya.They  played out to a 23-all stalemate with Morocco in their opening clash in Harare.

“It’s a game of rugby and Kenya took advantage of us in the closing stages to score the winning tries. In the first half I feel like we were asleep and woke up in the second half,” De Villiers said.

The side will be seeking to win the remaining matches and possibly earn the World Cup ticket that has proven elusive since 1991.

“We had a good start in the second half scoring couple of tries but we just couldn’t hold onto that.The dream to qualify is not dead.”


Zimbabwe’s third match is away to Tunisia in Monastir on 7 July and De Villiers is wary of the threat posed by the North Africans.

“We head to Tunisia next and they play very well obviously with home fans backing them,”he added.

Zimbabwe occupy fourth spot on the Africa Gold Cup log having amassed two points.


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