In the 2018 Africa Silver Cup, the Zambia Rugby National Team beat Madagascar with a minimal score line of 31-29 at Mufulira Rugby Club on Saturday 14th July 2018. The game which was dominated by the visitors from kick off saw the host team being pressurised.
Both Zambia and Madagascar came into the contest with a win each after beating Botswana on Sunday 8th July and Wednesday 14th July 2018 respectively (Score line in the picture: left). The hosts were under pressure from the Islanders who had a better score line against Botswana.
The Islanders try scorers were Saidi Rakotoarimanana (1) and Michael Raharijaona (1) who also scored (2) conversions, (3) penalties and (2) drop goals. The hosts scored tries via Bruce Saimbunji (1), Rodgers Mukupa (1) and Edward Mumba (1). Laston Mukosa scored (1) conversion and (2) penalties, while Dean Zulu also scored (1) conversion and (2) penalties.
Africa Rugby Executive Committee Member Colleen de Jong commended the ZRU executive and the local organising committee for their hard work and dedication in ensuring a successful international tourney. She also paid glowing tribute to Mopani Copper Mines for partnering with the Rugby Union.
Copperbelt Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe said Zambian government was happy to see the growth of rugby in Zambia. The presence of representatives from Africa Rugby, Mopani and all walks of life is testimony that Zambia is ready to host similar or even bigger sports events. The win by the Rugby National Team had came at the right time as it showed that government had created an enabling environment for partnerships between sporting bodies and corporate institutions.
ZRU president Gen Clement Sinkamba said the partnership between his union and Mopani was testament that with right foundations and great understanding, alot could be achieved. The partnership with Mopani Copper Mines had boosted efforts in ensuring qualification to the play off, in the Gold Cup of African Rugby. Meanwhile, Mopani Copper Mines Chief Executive Officer Chris Vermeulen reaffirmed his firms commitment to the growth and development of rugby in Zambia. Mopani was committed to its partnership with the ZRU and the mining giant was intent on making sure that Zambian rugby goes global.