HARARE – As widely expected Old Georgians (OGs) have won the right to represent Zimbabwe at this year’s Saru Gold Cup in South Africa after defeating Old Hararians (OH) 39-20 in the final qualifier here yesterday.
OH missing several key players due to injuries and work commitments did well to minimise the damage in the opening half as they trailed 10-0 at halftime.
In the second period, the Milton Park-based side showed some great tenacity to try to come back into the match but they were kept at arm’s length by OGs.
OGs captain Kingsley Lang conceded it was a tough encounter but they managed to cross the finish line.
“It was a very tough game you can see that first half OH came out, we knew they would, we just wanted to weather the storm and stick to our instructions,” he said.
“Parts of the game we did and parts we didn’t and in the end we found it tough but we knew we would get there if we just kept playing to instruction.
“The coach said we needed to cut on penalties giving away penalties play in the right areas and our instructions did help us, we got the result that we were looking for.
“We are not only representing OGs as a club but we gonna go there and represent Zimbabwe as a country so we have a lot on our shoulders. We hope we first do our club and then our country proud at the Gold Cup. The league is not over, we don’t want to go out thinking we are the champions, we’ve got a long way to go in the league so it’s time to go back to the drawing board.”
OGs will now play in the Gold Cup in September where they will come up against non-university sides and a Namibian team.
Saru Gold Cup project manager Duane Health said OGs are poised for greater heights in the tournament in September if their display yesterday is anything to go by.
“It was a great day and I’m very excited to see OGs in the tournament later this year. I think they are gonna do Zimbabwe proud and I’m very excited to work with them,” he said.
“I think they will be very competitive now they have at least three months to prepare properly especially in terms of conditioning and just general fitness.”