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SABLES scrum-half Charles Jiji has not been involved in the Zimbabwe national rugby side’s duties over the last three years, his last game being the Africa Cup win in Tunisia, 2012.

But the pint-sized player feels good to be back.

Jiji is part of the squad that is in camp preparing for their opening game against Kenya on Saturday at Prince Edward School’s Jubilee Field.

PE Tigers face St John’s College in the curtain raiser.

Jiji rose to fame and became the darling of Zimbabwean rugby during their 42-24 destruction of Kenya on 25 June 2011 at Harare Sports Club where he defied size and showed skill and pace to inspire the hosts.

He has been away from national duty, first being attached at Hartpury College in the United Kingdom where he graduated last year.

Then he was given the huge responsibility of taking charge of Masvingo-based Kyle College first XV rugby side. Over the weekend he became the first Kyle College coach to lead his side to an historic 22-18 win over rugby powerhouses Peterhouse Kings.

“I missed out a lot when I was not available and this is the time I am looking forward to making a return for the Sables,” he said.

“I was in England in school, came back and went to Kyle College where I am currently the coach.

“It’s good that since my last rugby game at Old Hararians this year I have been feeling good.

“The rugby in England was good for me in the sense that I got high level coaching and I am also able to use the things I learnt there not only for my coaching but my playing as well.

“I just have to make the best out of it,” said Jiji.

Jiji is not the only one making a return to the Sables fold.

Former captain and fullback Cleopas Makotose and versatile back-liner Gardner Nechironga have also been called ahead of the trimming of the side tomorrow.

Nechironga and Makotose are making a return to the Sables fold after managing to settle their differences with the Zimbabwe Rugby Union who had sanctioned them.

Sables Squad

Forwards: Denford Mutamangira (captain), Tatenda Murwira, Farai Mudariki, Pieter Joubert, Lawrence Clemenson, Royal Mwale, Kudzai Muzorewa, Jan Ferreira, Martin Wolfenden, Sanele Sibanda, Biselele Tshamala, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Graeme Lawler, Andrew Rose, Fortune Chipendu, Kingsley Lang, Shingai Mpofu,

Backs: Charles Jiji, Taddy Whata, Tichafara Makwanya, Lenience Tambwera, Boyd Rouse, Riaan O’Neil, Steven Hunduza, Gardner Nechironga, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Tangai Nemadire, Lungile Tshuma, Malvern Maparura, Cleopas Makotose, Daniel Capsopolous, Kuda Chiwanza, Mclean Muhambi, Andrea Banda, Kelvin Magunje.

Source : The Herald