Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
FOLLOWING their fine run at the just-ended Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival, Honde Valley-based side Sahumani Secondary School has decided to take the rugby genre a gear up by establishing an academy at the school.
Speaking at the award handover ceremony at Mutare Sports Club recently, the school headmaster Moses Nyamukungwa said the school was developing proper facilities at the school in preparation for the establishment of the academy.
“We are looking far and beyond, and have decided to take the sport a level up. We are working towards the establishment of an academy that will accommodate all our school leavers.
‘‘The major challenge we are facing as a school, and community at large, is that of early marriages.
“Students are dropping out of school to marry or get married at a tender age. Introducing a rugby academy will be one sure way of creating entertainment for and harnessing the talents of both the girl and boy child.
‘‘It is high time we commercialise the sport and turn it into a business opportunity,” he said.
Sahumani Secondary School made their debut at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival in 2017.
Last year the school girls’ team put up a commendable performance at the festival.
The girls also left a mark at this year’s event with three of their players Mary Dirwa, Agnes Rori and Mavis Zunga making it into the Zimbabwe national under-18 team.
The school was also rated among the top five in the country after walking away with four shields.
Mary Dirwa was awarded a shield for the backline player of the tournament while Privilege Mabhozhera landed the most improved player award.
In their opening match Sahumani suffered a 25-5 defeat in the hands of Girls High Harare before thumping Harare High 46-0. They settled for a 0-0 draw with Roosevelt.