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ZOBRA Tag Rugby Carnival on Sunday

Nazeem Ghaffoor handing over the main sponsorship token on behalf of Fawzan Anver to the Principal of Zahira College Trizviiy Marikkar. President of the ZOBRA Hussain Wasique looks on.
Nazeem Ghaffoor handing over the main sponsorship token on behalf of Fawzan Anver to the Principal of Zahira College Trizviiy Marikkar. President of the ZOBRA Hussain Wasique looks on.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Zahira Old Boys’ Rugby Association (ZOBRA) is planning to stage a gala Tag Rugby Carnival on Sunday at Zahira College Grounds from 8.30 a.m. onwards. The event featuring 25 teams from four different categories from junior and above, will be held throughout the day. The objective is to bring all rugby lovers together and develop the fellowship within the past rugby players.

ZOBRA was founded in 2009 with the sole objective of developing junior rugby in Zahira College. They strove hard to introduce the game at junior level. They are glad that their efforts have paid off. They were able to open doors to many talented young boys who have taken up this beautiful game of rugby. They are confident that the batch of young boys would enrich the game in the years to come.

“This tournament is an effort of hard work and also an opportunity for those youngsters to dish out their talent,” stated Nazeem Ghaffoor, the founder member of ZOBRA at a press conference.

The tournament will be held as a tag competition with 12 teams competing in the Under-10 and Under-12 categories. The Open Segment will feature 12 teams where each team comprises with players of all age groups. There are three more special games will be played to make the event more colorful. One is to commemorate the services of late M.M.K. Namiz. The battle will take place between his team mates and rest of over 40 old boys in college.

Next match is between Grandmasters of Zahira College. Two teams will be led by former great in rugby – SSP (retd) Ibrahim ‘Tanker’ Hamid (a former Zahira coach) and Tony Amit (former national coach and patron of the Referees Society). They also expect great players of Zahira like M.A. Majid and members of the unbeaten team under the era of the Hamid to participate.

Other special game is between ex-national players (over 40) led by Asanga Rodrigo and his team with stars like Sudath Sampath, Duminda Silva, Rizan Saldin, Nalin Dissanayake, etc. Zahira Lions team will be led by former Zahira coach Nazeem Ghaffoor and his team will have stars like T.J. Cuncheer, Imthikab Thaam and Rizwan Mannan.

The main sponsor of the tournament, prominent old boy of Zahira College and former Ambassador of Palestine Fawzan Anwer, who has come forward to support the event and the game with great enthusiasm. He will also grace the occasion as the chief guest.


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