Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
THE Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-18 left the country yesterday for South Africa where they will participate in the annual Coca-Cola Craven Week as well as Academy Week at St Stithians College in Johannesburg which runs from tomorrow until Saturday.
A send off was held for both teams at St John’s College in Harare at lunchtime yesterday prior to the team’s departure late afternoon. The two sides held their final training camp from last Thursday at Heritage School.
With both teams only in action on Tuesday, they have two days of training and preparing for their respective fixtures. The Scott Gray coached Craven Week team open the tournament with a clash against Leopards while the Academy Week side, under the mentorship of Basil Dingiswayo, they make their debut at the tournament when they take on the Golden Lions XV.
Falcon College flank Jack Charsley was last week named as the captain of the Craven Week team where he is deputised by first centre Mazvitaishe Nyamarebvu of Peterhouse. Loose forward Sean Mupanemunda of Prince Edward School is the leader of the Academy Week side with first centre Sean Maenzanise, also from PE the vice-captain.
Injuries and a withdrawal saw changes being made to both teams. Flyhalf Tabonga Ngonyamo picked up an injury which saw his place in the Craven Week squad being taken up by Leeroy Kagodora. Nathan Tanyanyiwa broke his arm with his slot in the Academy Week side being taken up by James Owuru. Keegan Schultz also withdrew from the Academy Week team, his replacement being Joshua Allardice. With Kagodora going up to the Craven
Week from the Academy Week, Siampunga Sindaza who had been previously named as a non-travelling reserve replaced him.
Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-18 for Coca-Cola Craven Week
Rivaldo Kwidini, Tadiwanashe Mabhudhu, Darren King, Jack Charsley (captain), Lebukgang Mokuele (all Falcon College), Ronald Mirimi, Mazvitaishe Nyamarebvu(vice-captain) Marcus Nicole, Lameck Veriwa (all Peterhouse), Brendon Mudzikitiri, Tapiwa Marimira, Mike Mhute, Leeroy Kagodora, Tinashe Hombiro (all Prince Edward), Dexter Trail, Dillon Brain, Ryan Smith (all St John’s College), Tafadziswa Bunu, Cody Rensburg, Prince Mpfurutsa (all St George’s College), Tadiwa Muchemwa (Hillcrest), Simba Chingono (Midlands Christians College), Kudakwashe Mashonga (Kyle College)
Coach: Scott Gray
Assistant coach: Cleopas Makotose
Team manager: Shaun De Souza
Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-18 for Coca-Cola Academy Week
Adrian Zivanai (St George’s College), Kundai Mashingaidze, Allan Mawande(both Peterhouse), Takudzwa Mpariwa, Matthew Orowu, James Oworu, Nigel Tinarwo( all Churchill), Thokozani Mrewa, Takudzwa Mutukumira (both MCC), Sean Maenzanise(vice-captain), Marques Siyawamaya, Sean Mupanemunda(captain), Edwin Mutseyekwa, Anesu Haki (all Prince Edward), Brian Chakoma, Alce Melo (both Heritage), Brandon Sibanda (Kyle College), Takunda Magondo (Victoria High), Takunda Machaya, Joshua Allardice, Siampunga Sindaza (all Falcon College), Taine Roelofsz, Louis Du Plessis (both Hellenic)
Coach: Basil Dingiswayo
Assistant coach: Tatenda Museba
Team manager: Simbarashe Dangah