The Herald (Harare)

21 December 2010

Zimbabwe: Rugby's Africa Cup Cancelled

UTTER RUBBISH! A month after the Confederation of Africa Rugby put the Africa Cup on hold, the tournament has been cancelled at the semi-final stage.

The tournament has been marred by a number of controversial episodes.

The senior national rugby side had been preparing for the tournament where Morocco, Madagascar, Cameroon and Zimbabwe were expected to take part.

In the build-up to the semi-finals, the teams that hosted the qualifiers got funds that were not enough to host the tournaments, while the travelling teams received a bigger chunk of the funds.

Then, the Group B games failed to get underway in Cameroon after Uganda, Kenya and Namibia indicated that they were not able to take part in the tournament.

The three teams were arguing that the group games should have been in a central country where travel logistics would have been easier.

In early November the tournament was first put on hold with International Rugby Board indicating that none of the teams that were taking part were prepared to host, save for Morocco. But a Confederation of African Rugby board meeting on December 8 in Ghana resolved to call of the tournament and focus on the next edition of the event.

The cancellation of the tournament has brought anger and disappointment in the Zimbabwean rugby family as the Sables were hoping to get more game time.

This means the Sables will have to wait until June next year to return to competitive rugby matches following the cancellation of the Africa Cup tournament.

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