Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) vice president Dave Gilbert has lauded the Zimbabwe Rugby Union for a ‘well-run’ CAR Sevens Africa Cup that ended at Prince Edward School on Sunday.
CAR awarded Zimbabwe the right to host the tournament after Africa’s governing body expressed its approval of the union’s development and administration structures.
Given only two months to prepare for the tournament against the odds of a prevailing liquidity crunch in the southern African country, ZRU ran a crisis free tournament.
“It’s been run well. I don’t think it’s been run badly at all. Inconsideration that Zimbabwe only had two months to run this tournament I think they have done a splendid job,” Gilbert said.
“I mean it’s not only up to what I am saying you must talk to the players as well. There are no complaints really coming from the players at all. That’s always a mark of a good tournament. In terms of the actual tournament and the relevance to African rugby, it’s huge.
“It’s the beginning of our Olympic qualification process and it’s always good to get another two teams out of Africa to go to Hong Kong besides South Africa and Kenya who already have full core status. And that has happened today where Tunisia and Zimbabwe have qualified. So it’s great for them as rugby nations and good for Africa as we now have four African nations playing in Hong Kong tournament in March next year.”