30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Jaws, Chivandire to Help Old Hararians' Cause

FORMER Sables coaches, Godwin "Jaws" Murambiwa and Brighton Chivandire, will this season help former rugby champions Old Hararians in the National Rugby League. Both coaches have amassed a

lot of experience and knowledge having coached at the highest level, they have both been involved in the Young Sables and Murambiwa is still the Under-18 coach.

The duo will work with newly-appointed Old Hararians' coach Cyprian Mandenge, who is also the current Sables assistant coach.

The Sports Club and Sables duo of full-back Cleopas Makotose and winger Tangai "Toobad" Nemadire are also expected to join Old Hararians while three other players -- Tatenda "Kiwi" Murwira, Samson Makuku, and prop Raymond Dzvairo -- are already at the Milton Park-based club.

However, it is the revelation that Murambiwa and his former Young Sables boss Chivandire will be helping the Old Boys -- who have just become a pale shadow of their former self -- that has sparked interest.

Murambiwa and Chivandire are both International Rugby Board-accredited coach educators.

"We have always been available to help. Previous coaches (in the National Rugby League) have not asked and Supa (Mandenge) seems to want to use our services to help his club," said Murambiwa.

"The club (Old Hararians) groomed me and Bright (Chivandire) made it home when he moved from Bulawayo but it's sad that with the quality of players that Old Hararians had there seemed to be something missing.

"We are both excited someone of Mandenge's calibre is in charge at the Green Machine and maybe the good times will be back so we just wish him (Mandenge) well and we are there to input wherever he feels we are needed."

This marks the return of Murambiwa to the Old Boys as he was also a championship-winning coach with the same side, having lifted the league title at the turn of the millennium.

Mandenge feels honoured to work with the two coaches.

"No-one knows everything in the game of rugby so I am happy to be working with them, they are some of the most experienced coaches we have at the moment, and I believe I will keep learning from them everyday,

"It's not like I am getting help and learning from some coaches for the first time because at Sport Club I had the honour of learning from Sykes Sibanda and now I have another opportunity to learn from Murambiwa and Chivandire.

"They will not be acting in an official capacity as OH coaches but wherever I feel I need help or I am facing challenges, I can call them in and if they think I am getting something wrong then they can advise me as well."

Mandenge has been coaching since the '90's and has been involved with Harare Sports Club twice, University of Zimbabwe and now the Old Boys.

"The door is still open at Old Hararians and all the players who feel that they want to play for this institution should feel free because I am not just after complete players but even those who are coming from school," said the former Sports Club coach.

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