RUGBY: Kenya 7s Ranked As Top Seeds For Final Round Of African 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

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The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.

A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.

The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.

The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.

Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.

The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).

The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.

Additional information by Kenyarfu.com

PHOTOS: The Week That Was

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Nakuru resident Jackson Cheruiyot holding KES 30 000 on Monday after he became the first winner of Radio Jambo Sonko Wa Masonko.

 

 

Injera
Kenya Sevens star Collins Injera signs a television camera at the Twickenham stadium in England in celebration of his 200th IRB Sevens Series career try. The winger became an internet sensation after news emerged that he would be fined for carrying a pen to the pitch as well as, allegedly, ruining a KES 9 million camera by signing on its lense by a permanent marker. | image source: express.co.uk

 

Ivory
Ivory tusks, rhinoceros horns and canine teeth from big cats seized by Singapore authorities from an illegal shipment being transported to Vietnam from Kenya on 19 May. The haul of ivory and other animal parts, estimated to be worth KES 579m, was hidden among tea leaves in two containers. | image source: theguardian.com

 

Munya
Former Chairman of the Council of Governors Isaac Ruto (right) hands over a document to the new Chairman Peter Munya at a Nairobi hotel on Thursday, May 21 after the Council of Governors election and handing over of the post. | image source: the-star.co.ke

 

Raila Odinga Selfie
CORD Leader Raila Odinga takes a selfie with members of the Kenya Women Student Leaders Association when they met on Wednesday. | image source: the-star.co.ke

 

Nkurunziza
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza plays football amid protests by his people against him seeking a third term. | image source: reuters

Kenya’s dismal run continues at Dubai Sevens

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Kenya Sevens, national team’s woeful run continued in the on going Dubai sevens, after the team was relegated to the Shield cup.

After losing all three group matches and getting relegated to the bowl cup, Kenya sevens Rugby misery continued  after they lost 26-17 to United States of America on Friday evening before going down 40-5 to Samoa in the bowl quarters early Saturday.

Shujaa’s woeful defensive display, loss of concentration and  poor ball handling cost them their fourth successive loss in what stands as the most embarrassing outing in Kenya’s most recent IRB series.

However, Shujaa will look to earn the hearts of their global fans when they face Brazil in the Shield Semis at 1pm.

Lugonzo out for 3 months

Kenya Sevens player Augustine Lugonzo has been ruled out for three months with an ankle injury. The fly-half will therefore miss the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs of the 2014-15 IRB Sevens Series in December.

His injury is a huge blow to the Kenya Sevens team as he was Kenya’s ranked player at the just concluded Gold Coast Sevens. The Homeboyz player, who made three tries and conversion at Gold Coast, amassed 29 points and was the 15th best player overall.

Another player Maxwell Theuri of Kenya Harlequins will also be out for two months as he has to undergo surgery on his knee.

Kenya Sevens coach Paul Treu also confirmed that Fabian Olando’s injury is not that serious and he will be fit for the next two series.

– The Star.