MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
THE Mufulira Sevens Rugby Championship today gets under-way with champions Red Arrows facing a stiff challenge from four South
Last year, Arrows edged Diggers A 22-10 to bag the title.
Arrows need to be at their best to overcome competition from 16 local teams and South African quartet of Impala Rustenburg, Randfontein, Golden Lions and Northam Rhinos.
The airmen have been drawn in Group C alongside Green Buffaloes, Konkola, Kansanshi and Northam at the two-day event.
ARROWS v KANSANSHI
The Mwamba Chishimba-tutored side will start the ball rolling against the North-Western Province outfit.
Arrows, who have already bagged the Zambia Rugby Union 10, Mopani Copper Mines 15s and Kitwe Playing Field (KPF) American tournament this season, will be seeking to win their fourth trophy.
The Zambia Air Force-sponsored side will rely on internationals Terry Kaushiku, Philip Kamanga, Emmanuel Daka, Edward Mumba and Simon Kapindu to retain the title.
But Kansanshi could cause an upset if underrated.
KPF v MUFULIRA C
National Rugby League leaders KPF are one of the favourites to win the championship.
Group C has Ndola Wanderers, Nkwazi and Impala.
KPF are enjoying top form and their opponents should expect a tough competition.
Hosts Mufulira A, ‘Powerhouse’ Lusaka, Randfontein and Chibuluma will lock horns in Group A and Diggers, Green Eagles, Roan, Golden Lions and Mufulira B will face off in Group D.
The winners will pocket K10,000 with runners-up getting K7,500 while plate winners and the second-placed side will walk away with K4,000 and K1,000, respectively.
Bowl winners will get K3,000 with runners-up receiving K1,000.
Shield winners will get K2,000 and K1,000 will go to the second-placed team.