THE Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU) has said the hosting of the Castle International Sevens tournament would be one of its priorities on the 2014 calendar after failure to host the prestigious competition in the past two years.
ZRU vice-president Owen Mhango said in an interview yesterday that the union would work towards overcoming its financial challenges to ensure that the annual international tournament is staged next year.
Mhango said Zambia would not afford to lose the rugby sevens tournament as it was one of the competitions through which the country was gaining recognition on the international scene.
He therefore appealed to all affiliates to unite with the union in mobilising funds for the hosting of the castle sevens.
“We have to get the Castle Sevens rolling in 2014 because that is one of our priority areas and to achieve that, we have to do everything possible by ensuring that all the clubs involved so that this annual tournament is back,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mhango described the 2013 season that saw the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) sponsored side Red Arrows crowned champions after dethroning Diggers, as competitive.
Mhango said all the clubs put in their best as they aimed for a top finish but was quick to add that the union received numerous complaints from various clubs concerning poor officiating during the league games.
He said the ZRU would, in a bid to avert that trend, devise mechanisms aimed at training referees to improve the level of officiating in the league.
“We need to raise the standards of match officials during games and in order to achieve that, we have to embark on recruiting and training referees to ensure that the complaints of poor officiating are addressed,” he said
[Times of zambia]