By Lawrence Trusida
New Zealand-based Brendon Mudzekenyedzi headlines the 46-men Zimbabwe Rugby squad that has been called into camp to prepare for upcoming international assignments.
The 24-year-old, currently playing for the Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand, has represented the franchise’s second team and is currently playing in the Mitre 10 Cup, which is the country’s premier competition.
Mudzekenyedzi, who can play as either a winger or fullback, has played for the New Zealand sevens developmental side and has also represented New Zealand at school boy level as well as being selected for Japan Universities where he did his tertiary education.
Another interesting prospect in the team is American based, Jason Robertson who was developed in New Zealand and is currently playing at DC Old Glory with World Cup winner Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira in Major league rugby.
His inclusion will surely go a long way in solving Zimbabwe’s fly half problems as Robertson has won the number 10 jersey for Waikato Chiefs.
Exciting Blithe Mavesere, who has been lighting up the Varsity Cup in South Africa, has also been included in the team as well as Farai Mudariki who has recovered from a career threatening injury.
Vice-captain, Brendon Mandivenga and 2019 Schoolboy hotshot, Tinashe Hombiro have all recovered from injuries and will be looking to challenge for places.
The squad is preparing for Zambia and Namibia friendlies set for next month and the Africa Cup assignments later in the year.