While Zimbabwe’s Young Sables might have failed to win the Under-19 Rugby Africa Cup Group 1A tournament after the heartbreaking 32-34 extra time loss to Namibia in the final on Saturday (29 August 2015), one of the stars of the competition, the versatile backliner Shingirai Katsvere, shone throughout the tournament. The highly talented Prince Edward School prodigy was in impressive form for Zimbabwe U19, starring in both matches against Kenya and Namibia.
Katsvere, who has the ability to play any position in the backline, started at center in the first match against Kenya, and continued with an excellent display highlighted by a superb try in the first half. The Young star tormented the East Africans’ defence all afternoon with his speed and silky skills.
Katsvere’s success story continued on Saturday in the final against rival Namibia as he scored four brilliant tries to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with five tries.
The 18-year-old young star, who is completing Form Four at Prince Edward School this year told SSN that although he was happy with his performances, he was gutted that the team ultimately missed out on qualification to next year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy.
“I was happy with my performances during the tournament, but like everyone in the team I’m very disappointed we couldn’t manage to qualify for the Junior World Cup Junior Trophy. We worked very hard and were all looking forward to qualify. Although we didn’t manage to qualify, we gave it our best, and the experience will certainly give us the confidence next time,” Katsvere said.
Katsvere, who was also instrumental in Prince Edward’s brilliant season this year, said he would like to continue working hard to achieve his goal of playing professional rugby: “My goal is to someday play professional rugby. For me to do that, I need to continue working hard on my game so that I can become a complete player,” he said.
With the way he has lit up the Junior Africa Cup this week, Katsvere is definitely on course to achieving his goal if he keeps up his hard work and training. We look forward to more stellar performances from him in the future, representing both the Tigers and Zimbabwe.