Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter
Despite losing both games against Uganda in Group C of Women’s Africa Cup games, Lady Sables coach Munyaradzi Mhonda says the team is going in the right direction.
Zimbabwe lost 41-0 last Wednesday and 3- 34 on Sunday against Ugandan Lady Cranes.
Group C had Uganda and Zimbabwe only and both games were played in Uganda at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds.
In an interview with H-Metro yesterday coach Mhonda called for patience.
“There is need for patience because we are definitely going in the right direction, comparing to last week’s match and yesterday (Sunday), he obvious improvement is the score line, at least they managed to put points on the board,” he said
“With regards to yesterday’s match, the team’s decision making still needs to be worked on because we failed to convert time in opposition half into points.
“But the team followed the structure a lot better compared to last week and our general fitness has improved,” he said.
The coach went on to point the inactive of local women rugby league as another contributing factor to the poor show.
“These two games are just the exposure to elite rugby that my players need, with no local league running we are swimming in the deep end and the girls are learning the concept of sink or swim.
“The average player age of 21 years is definitely a sign that we are going to learn to stand before we can run with the big girls.
“In the two months of working with this squad I have had to introduce so many concepts, skills and tactics foreign to many in the squad and whilst it would be great for all to instantly adapt, realistically it will take time,” said Mhonda.
Although they lost both matches, chances are still there for Lady Sables to proceed with the Women’s World Cup qualifications as Rugby Africa stated they would go case by case on how best to structure Africa Women’s rugby qualifications format.
The team was expected to arrive in the country yesterday.