The Herald (Harare)

12 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Black Rhinos Face Sprouting On Friendly

ARMY side Black Rhinos, who have been holding trials since Monday, will have their final selection session when they play Division Two outfit Sprouting at One Commando this afternoon. Black Rhinos, who returned to the top-flight league last season, had more than 100 players on the first day of their trials' session.

They have since trimmed the number of players to 30.

The two-time Zimbabwe champions, who are being sponsored by Savanna Tobacco, who arrival on the scene last season turned Rhinos into an awesome machine as morale soared among the players, want to bolster their squad.

The trials were initially meant for players from 18-23 years but those above that age limit were accommodated.

Nesbert "Yabo" Saruchera, the Black Rhinos coach, was impressed with the turnout and talent showcased during the trials.

"We are progressing very well, the players came in numbers, but we have since trimmed them to 30.

"At first there were over 100 players who turned up for the trials, which was good for us as the selectors.

"We will have two matches against Sprouting Select, a Division Two side, at our home ground tomorrow (today) for the final selections.

"There is a lot of talent in the country, considering what I saw during the past week.

"On the final day, we will announce the players we considered during the trials.

"Going into the trials, we did not have specific areas we wanted to improve but we were looking for talent that can add value to the team.

"The team is not that bad but we just need depth in the Premiership where the competition will be hard," Saruchera said.

The team convincingly won promotion last year and was the first out of all the four regions to gain the promotion ticket.

Chipembere has a mixture of experienced and young players in their team. The coming on board of players under the age of 23 years will see them use the experience of players like Lazarus Muhoni, Brighton Chandisaita and Britto Gwere to build a competitive team.

Young players also impressed last year for the army side with Rookie of the Year, Martin Mine, complementing Lot Chiunga very well.

Chipembere returns to the top-flight for the first time since 2008 when they were still under the guidance of Droment Chirova.

The team is expected to go for a two-week camp either in Kariba or Chiredzi.

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