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LENIENCE Tambwera believes the Zimbabwe senior rugby side can overpower Namibia in the World Cup qualifiers only if they correct their mistakes from the last time the two sides met.

Tambwera arrived in the country yesterday from South Africa where he has just joined the Falcons Rugby Union and played his league debut in a 22-45 loss to the Leopards as a second-half substitute at the weekend.

And the back-liner is expected to join the Sables camp at St John’s College this morning for the squad’s first group training session.

“Namibia are not really that much better than us and I gly believe we can beat them. If we look at the way we played against them last year we all know that we were leading but we took our foot off the pedal, made a number of mistakes and that is how we lost.

“But if we correct our mistakes, train really hard, utilise the time we have together as a team during this camp and stick to the coaches instructions and game plan then it would be no surprise that we will beat Namibia,” said Tambwera.

Zimbabwe will travel to Madagascar where they will face Namibia, Kenya and the hosts in a round robin tournament and Namibia are the Sables biggest rivals in this competition followed by Kenya and Madagascar.

“I am sure we all understand the meaning of this tournament, it’s not just about winning the Africa Cup but also qualifying for the World Cup and so we are taking it seriously . . . we just have to go and win it.

“My main expectation during this camp is to grasp the game plan so that we go and win. We have to take it seriously and I am very confident everyone in camp understands the meaning of our next assignment,” said the Cheetahs back-liner.

The Sables kick-started their preparations for the Africa CupWorld Cup qualifiers with a fitness training session yesterday with at least eight foreig- based players joining camp.

Gardner Nechironga, Michael Passaportis, Sean Makombe and Simba Mandioma were some of the foreign-based players who underwent fitness test at Innovate Gym.

Sables team manager Brighton Chivandire yesterday said the team was going to have two training sessions everyday, starting with a 10am field session at St John’s College and finishing the day with a 4pm session at Innovate.

Sables Squad

F. Chipendu, J. Ferreira, S. Ferreira, L. Groenewald, P. Joubert, G. Lawler, J. Leitao, M. Mandioma, T. Mangezi, K. Murray, D. Mutamangira, R. Mwale, J. Ndlovu, K. Nqindi, M. Passaportis, A. Rose, S. Sibanda, N. Winwood.

Backs: T. Chitokwindo, D. Hondo, S. Hunduza, S. Makombe, T. Makwanya, H. Mudariki, G. Nechironga, T. Nemadire, R. O’Neill, D. Robertson, G. Sibanda, L. Tambwera.

Source : The Herald