Zambia: Kitwe Mayor Hails Diggers

KITWE Mayor Chileshe Bweupe is cheered by 'Men at Work', Diggers dominance of the 2012 Buildcon-Zambia Rugby Football Union (ZRFU) rugby season.

The Kitwe rugby giants this season were crowned league champions and added seven cup titles to their display cabinet.

Bweupe, pictured, who is also club chairperson, said in an interview from Kitwe yesterday that Diggers dominance was a true manifestation that the Kitwe side's dominance years were back.

He said the 2012 rugby season has been Diggers successful campaign in a long time describing the winning of eight titles as no mean achievement.

Diggers apart from winning the national rugby league, also won the Knock-Out Cup, David Phiri, Lusaka Challenge, Roan, Mufulira, American, Bonnie Mutale Sevens and the Nchanga 10's.

"This has been our most successful season in a very long time, winning eight titles out of 10 and the team put icing on the cake after winning the league championship with the Knock-Out Cup.

I had warned clubs to watch out for Diggers this season and the team has proved me right," he said.

Bweupe, who also served as club secretary, said preparations for the 2013 season would start soon because Diggers would be the team to beat and thus the need to immediately start preparations to defend the titles.

He said Diggers would aim to defend and win the two titles that eluded them this season-the Heroes and Ndola Sevens that were scooped by 'Powerhouse' Lusaka and Green Buffaloes.

"Our other motivation in winning the KO Cup was the presence of the Minister of Sport Chishimba Kambwili and senior management staff of Mopani Copper Mines, MTN Zambia, and Barloworld who came to cheer the team on and we are indebted to their support."

We realise that Diggers is now the team to beat and we will begin immediately to plan to retain all the titles we have won this year and next year even win the two which were shared between Lusaka and Buffaloes," he said.

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