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Mandenge In Best Sables Atmosphere Ever

Sables coach Cyprian “Supa” Mandenge has been part of the senior national rugby side for almost six years but the former Harare Sports Club gaffer says he has never seen his army as happy as they are.

Despite differences that were shown by the players towards ZRU over financial benefits, Mandenge believes the Sables are going into Saturday’s game against Uganda at the Police Grounds a happy lot.

“I have been involved in the Sables as an assistant coach and now as head coach (but) I have never been in such an environment, great environment like we are in now, everyone is positive and we are ready to go.

“There were a lot of other issues that were surrounding that game but we have put that behind us and we are ready to play, we can even play this (Friday) afternoon.

“We had a meeting with the executive straight after (the Kenya game) and we are working together, very positive from the executive and everyone else.

“So the players are going to do their bit and we have been working on that. We are a skillfull side we have speed and taking away their strengths and see what else they bring to us,” said Mandenge.

Though Mandenge has been on record saying some of the players were refusing to heed calls to play for him, the Old Hararians coach is happy with the player turn-out this time around.

“I have a balanced side and I am happy with the players I have. Of course I could not get one or two guys, some injured and some could not be released by their clubs. There was 80 percent negative energy going into the Kenya game but there is not much to read from that,” he added.

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