ZAMBIA Sevens Rugby coach Richard Kapoma's dream of putting back the nation on the Sevens circuit was shattered at the weekend after his charges lost all their games at the 2012 Safaricom Championship in Kenya.
Kapoma, who had set semi-finals as his minimum target, saw the national Sevens team crumble in three Pool D matches before later crashing out from the Safaricom Sevens Bowl quarter-finals yesterday.
In the group phase of the 17th edition of the Safaricom, Zambia lost the first match 12-28 to European newcomers, Portugal before suffering a 7-34 humiliating defeat at the hands of South Africa Sevens' Elite Player Development (EPD), formerly Emerging Boks.
The Kenya Universities Select snuffed out any hope for a Zambian recovery with a convincing 26-0 victory.
Zambia was given a second chance for redemption in the Bowls quarter-finals but the Chairman's Select side proved too good for Kapoma's men, winning 31-10.
By Press time, Zambia were having a last hope for silverware in the Safaricom Sevens' Shield semi-finals against Uganda's Kobs. The Sevens squad is expected back today before connecting to Morocco tomorrow alongside the women's team for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers set for Rabat this weekend.
Kapoma picked six forwards Daniel Sakala, Israel Kalumba, Fernard Kashimoto, Teddius Chipoya, Edward Mumba and Tom Chaloba while the backline consists of Owen Mwila, Fine Chinkumbe, Ackim Mushota, Ernest Mwansa, Hopeman Kanamina and Terry Kaushiku.
Sotho Kafwimbi, Chilundami Kaluba, Boyd Mkandawire and Chola Chilufya are on standby.
The women's team has Carol Mpululuka, Barbara Mumbi, Cecilia Chitengi, Mary Mbewe, Melody Habukali, Eukeria Chimanga, Sylvia Mubita, Lilian Makwati, Gillian Mwape, Lome Phiri, Kasawala Sitembilia and Linda Chitende.