THE Africa Rugby Silver Cup tournament comes to an end today after the Zambia Women’s side hosts Zimbabwe and Zambia Men takes on Madagascar in a decider as both come in with wins against Botswana.
The women’s games which were played on Wednesday were a crowd puller and fans were overjoyed when Zambia narrowly beat the visitors 19:18.
According to the Zambia Rugby Union, Mopani Copper Mines PLC who are the platinum sponsor of the ZRU has ensured a successful tournament for everyone involved.
ZRU president General Clement Sinkamba said MCM has really opened the way by showing other business and corporate entities how partnerships with local sporting organisations can help change the lives of many young people who are the main beneficiaries of sports activities.
“Our partnership with Mopani Copper Mines would not have come at a better time. We have been able to achieve tremendous growth in the last two to three years than any other time in the history of our sport,” he said.
On July 9, the mining giant hosted a gala dinner at Kallis Mess in Mufulira, which was attended by delegations from the corporate, business and sporting societies, as well as all the participating teams.
Alongside the tournament, World Rugby’s coach educator Denver Wannies, referee educator Johnbosco Muamba and first aid educator Dr Joseph Kalanzi have been conducting level 2 courses for coaches, referees and first aiders from Zambia and neighbouring Botswana.
According to the ZRU, Mopani has also sponsored the first-ever International Women’s Rugby Invitational tournament between hosts Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana was also invited but could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances.
RESULTS SO FAR
Botswana 13:32 Zambia (mens)
Zambia Women 19:18 Zimbabwe (womens)
Madagascar 64:18 Botswana (mens)
Zimbabwe vs Zambia (womens)
Zambia vs Madagascar (mens)