Zimbabwe In Tough World Cup Draw

Should the Sables qualify for the World Cup finals, they will be in the same group with world powerhouses New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, and a team that will qualifies from Europe.

The reigning Africa champions, however, will first have to negotiate their way through the African regional qualifiers in which they have failed to qualify in the past decade falling out to neighbours Namibia, in the past two editions and previously to the Ivory Coast.

Zimbabwe was last at the World Cup in 1991 where the late Richard Tsimba’s brilliance got the whole world talking. Since then Zimbabwe’s performance has gone through a period of gradual decline.

However, the Sables have shown signs of getting back to their old form after winning the Africa championship early this year and the Victoria Cup, the previous year.

The team has already started preparing for the World Cup qualifiers and will this week be travelling to Dubai for an invitational tournament which team manager Lowson Mtongwizo says is the first step towards building a team for the World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwe’s neighbours South Africa are Pool B at the 2015 World Cup qualifiers along with Samoa, Scotland as well qualifiers from Asia and South America. Because of their high ranking in world rugby, the Springboks, unlike Zimbabwe, do not play in the qualifying stages.