Lady Cheetahs are in camp preparing for Africa Cup to be held in Botswana on the 26th and 27th of May.
Botswana will play host to the Rugby Africa (RA) Women Sevens Cup.
The ladies sevens rugby team is a mixture of youth and experience.
They have been preparing for the Africa Cup to be held in Botswana since January this year.
A squad of the 12 players and three officials will leave for Botswana on Thursday.
The tournament will take place from the 25th to 26 May 2018.
Vice captain of the Lady Cheetahs Constance “Kadiki” Ngwena is hoping for better fortunes this time round.
“The training started in January and we hope we are going to raise the flag of Zimbabwe. We are hoping for better fortunes this time round as we have a blend of youth and experience,” said Constance.
Ten African countries amongst them rugby powerhouses Kenya and South Africa are expected to compete in the 2-day tournament to be played at the national stadium in Gaborone, Botswana.
Participating countries are Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya and Senegal.
The tournament will be preceded by the Rugby Africa Women General Assembly, which will take place in the week leading up to the tournament.
Botswana Rugby President Dave Gilbert expressed delight at the prospect of Botswana hosting a significant continental rugby event and promised to deliver a good tournament as they have full support of the country sports’ governing body the Botswana National Sport Commission.
Gilbert, who is also the Vice President of Rugby Africa, said they will continue to advocate for the development of women rugby in the continent.
The events could not have come at the perfect time for Botswana as the Southern African country will also be hosting the 7th International Working Group (IWG) conference on women and sports, in the month of May.
Botswana has been hosting the IWG office for the past four years and the conference is expected to attract a large audience from around the world to discuss issues of women in sports.