Sables coach satisfied

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Sables coach satisfied Brendan Dawson

H-Metro

Richard Zimunya, Sports Reporter

Sables head coach Brandon Dawson has expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance in the recent quadrangular tournament where they lost to Namibia in the final.

He, however, conceded that a poor second half performances cost them.

Zimbabwe lost 41- 10 to Namibia on Saturday.

The four-team tournament was played in Stellenbosch South Africa where Kenya finished third and Brazil fourth.

In an interview with H-Metro Sport yesterday, Dawson said he was impressed with the performance in the two matches.

“I am happy with the team’s performance and I was really impressed with where we are,” he said.

The Sables had poor second half performances in their matches.

Against Brazil in the semi-final, they went to the halftime leading 17-0 only to win 24-22 and against Namibia in the final, they squandered a halftime 7-5 lead to lose 41-10.

“About our second halves, we were given short notice going into the tournament so some of our players were not there. We had to bring in new players that had never played for the national team to give them an opportunity to be noticed before the World Cup qualifiers.

“We were really good in the first half against Namibia up to the 60-minute mark as the score line was 15-10 and then we made our substitutes bringing on our impact players, I am afraid to say that our impact players did not make the impact they should have made.

“They should have lifted the game and lifted the tempo. So that is where we slipped, and obviously our opponents brought impact players that made the impact.

Zimbabwe played the tournament without the services of key players like Shayne Makombe, Blithe Mavesere, Nyasha Chitokwindo,  Brendon Mandivenga, Matthew Mc Nab, David Makamba, Sebastian Roche, Lawrence Cleminson who all ply trade in different foreign leagues.

Dawson added that he needs to work on the team’s depth.

“We are going to work on our depth which we have several months to make it work ahead of qualifiers.

“As I said, our depth and impact players was a massive toll for us, so we have lot of work still to do.”

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