6 February 2013

Zambia: Diggers Wrap Up SA Tour

ZAMBIAN rugby champions, 'Men at Work' Diggers, wrapped up their 10-day training camp in South Africa with club chairperson Chileshe Bweupe expressing satisfaction with the outing in readiness for the 2013 Buildcon Zambia Rugby Football Union (ZRFU) season.

Bweupe said from Cape Town yesterday that Diggers had greatly benefitted from the training at the Stellenbosch University, saying the training camp would greatly help the undisputed Zambian rugby kings to shape up well for this season.

He, however, called on the ZRFU executive committee to come up with a programme that should see experts from South Africa coming to Zambia to help in the development of sport and equally sending local coaches out of the country for various training courses.

"I am happy with the training Diggers have undergone here and I have seen that our levels of the game are far apart and I am happy that the club has benefitted greatly from such experienced coaches.

Thus my appeal is to our mother union to come up with a programme to get these coaches from South Africa to come to Zambia and help us develop the sport of rugby and also sending our coaches out for training," Bweupe said.

Bweupe, who is also Kitwe Mayor, joined the team at the weekend together with Diggers Life president Hon Boniface Mutale, who is also Bwacha Member of Parliament.

Diggers were expected to play their last match yesterday before winding up their preparations with Bweupe, adding that the tour was historic in Zambian rugby as the team had greatly benefitted from the exposure.

He said the players and coaching staff had learnt a lot in terms of skills, the new laws, fitness training among others and most importantly team spirit which is at an all-time high.

"This tour has also encouraged me and my team to set our goals even higher for the 2013 season to ensure Diggers Rugby Club is always improving. All this has been made possible by our sponsors and I wish to assure all that we are more than determined to improve on our previous achievements," he said.

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