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Dec 13 2012 8:11AM
 
Mdingi Express to inspire Chiefs
FRESH CHALLENGE: Makhaya Ntini will lead the pep talks for Kaizer Chiefs. Picture: Gallo Images
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Michael Mentz

The addition of former Proteas paceman Makhaya Ntini as manager of the Kaizer Chiefs Sevens rugby team will further boost moral in the camp ahead of their first match at the inaugural NBM Sevens in George tomorrow.

This is the view of coach Gcobani Bobo who yesterday confirmed that his men are ready for action.

“Just having a guy like Makhaya in the team is going to make a big difference as he’s a staunch Chiefs fan and a great inspiration to all the players.”

Bobo’s squad assembled on Monday and, according to the former Springbok, preparations for the two day tournament have been satisfactory.

But whether the short time the squad has spent in camp will be sufficient remains to be seen as they will be up against some very tough opponents that range from Super Rugby players to former Sevens specialists like England’s Ben Gollings who will be playing for NBM All Stars.

One of the teams that may be the cause of a few sleepless nights for Bobo’s charges are Samurai International who boast many emerging Springbok Sevens players.

“Looking at the opposition, we know it is going to be very tough and that a solid start on the first day will be crucial,” said Bobo

“There are also some teams that are used to dealing with the demands Sevens ask from players so we will have to adapt very fast.

“The Samurai team may very well be our biggest rivals.”

Kaizer Chiefs start their campaign with a match against the Lions before taking on the privately owned Living Ball and the Sharks on the first day.

“The guys are really excited and with no injuries in our team, it is all systems go.”

michaelm@thenewage.co.za

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