Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
Zimbabwean rugby player George Saungweme, who plays for CAR Caonda Sevilla in Spain, is making waves and has been named man-of-the-match three times in six games so far.
Saungweme was playing for CRAT a Coruna in Spain and was loaned to Old Georgians and was part of the Sables who played for the Victoria Cup which saw clubs showing interest in him.
Saungweme who joined the Spanish club this season says he wants to continue improving his performance.
“After playing well I was called for the national team. After the Victoria Cup clubs got interested in me and I chose to join CAR Caonda Sevilla.
“I’ve been here for about two months now and we’ve played six games so far and we’ve won four.
“Out of the six games we’ been playing I have been named the name of the match in three, ‘he said.
Saungweme featured in the battle of Zambezi clash in their 39-10 victory over Zambia and says he wants to keep playing well so that he can get a national team call up.
“I want to keep playing well so that I will get a call up for the Sables.
“To be in the squad is amazing on its own but it does not end there most continue to work hard as an individual on all aspects of the game so as to keep my spot and improve my performances throughout the competition and beyond,” he said.
He made his debut in national team colors in 2016 against Namibia.
“In 2016 I also played my first international game for Zimbabwe in Namibia on August 11th. The university ended up honoring me with full honors colors for this achievement.
“With my studies done I was fortunate enough to get signed up in Spain for a club called CRAT a Coruna. In my first season 2017-2018.
“I was the league player of the month twice. With the Spanish season on a break I asked for a loan move to Old Georgians here in Zimbabwe, with the Zimbabwe season being short I ended up finishing it off at Villagers rugby club in Cape Town.”
The 26 year old was part of the Supersport Rugby Challenge in Port Elizabeth earlier this year but couldn’t really concentrate on the game since he had left his father battling with spinal and prostate cancer.
He went on to play four out of a possible of seven games.
“January 2019 I asked for an extended stay in Zimbabwe since my father was battling with spinal and prostate cancer. He unfortunately lost the battle on June 17 a week after I had returned from Cape Town with the Zimbabwe Rugby Academy side that took part in the Supersport Challenge.
“It was a frustrating campaign for me. Out of the seven possible games I only played four and all being from the bench except one game against Boland. My head was just not right because of the situation at home.
“More frustrating was the form I had carried into the tournament, I had played three games for Old Georgians. And was man of the match twice including the derby against old rivals Harare Sports Club who had beaten us three times the last year.
“My local form never left me. I made a cameo appearance against Old Miltonions scoring twice from the bench. With the revived Victoria Cup looming I had to pull up my socks so as to make the National squad after a poor outing in Cape Town with the academy side.”
Saungweme was born on the 5th of June 1993. He played soccer growing up in primary school then started playing cricket too and rose through the ranks quickly. His love for sports did not end there.
He played a bit of hockey too in high school and was very competitive when it came to volleyball. In university and was called upon to represent the university at the (USSA games) but he chose to go for rugby (USSAs) since it was happening at the same time. He also holds a Diploma in Sport Science.
“How rugby stuck with me I never really recall. Cricket was always my first love but rugby took over.
“I played first team cricket for my high school DHS in Durban and in my matric year I was vice captain. First team hockey, also in high school
“I played volleyball and beach volleyball for my university (UWC) in Cape town. I started playing rugby seriously in high school because it got more hype than cricket and the rugby culture was immense.
“I played through the Jnr ranks but skipped some age grades that by grade 10(form 3) I was playing second team. In grade 11 I played a handful of first team games and in matric I played all first team games,” he said.
Saungweme also spoke about his season and his targets.
“The season has been good for me, I can’t complain.
“My target is to help the team to win the league and cement my position in the team and to also prove myself as player in each and every game, “he said.