25 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Gardner Nechironga Joins Old Hararians

CHEETAHS' utility player Gardner Nechironga has become the player with the highest profile to join Old Hararians for the 2013 season after shifting base from Germany in preparation of the Sevens World Cup.

Nechironga has been training with Old Hararians and is one of the four players that have joined the Old Boys who started preparations for the National Rugby League last week.

The other three players are Tatenda "Kiwi" Murwira, Samson Makuku, and Raymond Dzvairo, who crossed the floor from bitter rivals Harare Sports Club, while Derek Chiwara was roped in the technical structure.

Chiwara joins Old Hararians as an assistant coach coming from Sports Club. Coach Cyprian "Supa" Mandenge was the first to find a new home at Old Hararians.

However, It is the acquisition of Nechironga that has become their biggest signing for the 2013 season.

The former Old Miltonians winger is now based in Harare after he received a contract from the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs are preparing for the World Cup set for June in Moscow, Russia, and have been given six month contracts that will see them commit to the Sevens game on a full time basis.

And this is the reason Nechironga decided to stay in Harare, joining the former NRL champions in the process.

"Nechironga has been training with us and he is one of the four players that have joined or rejoined Old Hararians including Makuku, Murwira and prop Raymond Dzvairo," said Mandenge.

Mandenge's assistant Chiwara, however said joining of the Old Boys was not necessarily because he was following his old boss.

"I really did not join Old Hararians because of Mandenge but at the end of last season I had told myself that I was not coming back to Sports Club because I wanted to raise my coaching profile.

I had no intention of joining a higher ranked club, but wanted to work with a small team so I had spoken to a number of lower league clubs and Airforce was one of them but they were not forthcoming. They kept telling me that they would get back to me and I was actually surprised when I got a call from the Old Hararians management asking if I could help them and be a member of their technical team.

"It was a pleasant surprise though for me learning that Mandenge had also joined Old Hararians, he is someone I know well and have worked with for a time at Sports Club so I could not resist the offer," said Chiwara.

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