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.

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Hapless Micronesia thrashed 46-0 by Vanuatu in Pacific Games

Micronesia were humiliated 46-0 by Vanuatu on Tuesday, ending their already dismal Pacific Games campaign on a new low with one of the most lopsided scores ever seen in football.

The latest drubbing follows a 38-0 loss to Fiji and 30-0 scoreline against Tahiti, meaning the Federated States of Micronesia conceded 114 goals in their three group games without reply.

The half-time score was 24-0 and Vanuatu, ranked 200 in the world, did not let up after the break in humid conditions in Papua New Guinea, which is hosting the multi-sport Pacific Games.

Vanuatu striker Jean Kaltack helped himself to 16 goals, rocketing to top spot on the tournament scoring ladder.

Organisers labelled it the biggest win in international football history, although it is unlikely to go in the record books as Micronesia are not FIFA members and it is an under-23 tournament.

The record scoreline in a senior international was American Samoa’s 31-0 loss to Australia in 2001.

However, in a lesson for the young Micronesians, the Samoans ignored jibes about being the worst team in history and eventually recorded their first ever win against Tonga in 2011.

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Micronesia concede 68 goals in two games

Hapless Micronesia are struggling to stay positive after being thumped 38-0 by Fiji at the Pacific Games, just days after conceding 30 goals to Tahiti.

In scores more reminiscent of rugby, the Federated States of Micronesia were 21-0 down at half-time in the game on Sunday and Fiji complained that they should have scored more.

Coach Stan Foster substituted the side’s goalkeeper Walter Pengelbew for midfielder Dominic Gadad at the break, but it failed to stem the goalfest.

“We’re here for development purposes mainly and I’m just trying to keep the guys upbeat,” he said after the embarrassing defeat at the multi-sport event being held in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby.

“I just wanted the guys to keep fighting all the way through the game so they knew that when they came off they tried their hardest,” he added on the Pacific Games’ website.

Fiji coach Juan Carlos said his side “should have scored more”.

Forwards Tony Tuivuna and Chris Wasasala both hit the back of the net 10 times, while Iosefo Verevou and Napalioni Qasevakatini both scored six each.

Organisers claimed it was the biggest win in international football history, eclipsing Australia’s 31-0 hammering of Samoa in 2001.

However, Micronesia is not a FIFA member and it was an under-23 tournament so it is unlikely to go in the record books.

Micronesia will attempt to restore some pride when they face Vanuatu in their final match in Pool A on Tuesday.

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FIFA Club World Cup to go on despite Ebola concerns

Preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco are continuing “as planned” despite concerns over the Ebola epidemic, FIFA has said.

The 10-day tournament which features UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid, is due to start on 10 December.

FIFA said it was in contact with the Moroccan authorities and taking advice from the World Health Organization to “constantly update its position”.

Morocco is also due to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2015.

“The health of players, officials and football fans remains the highest priority, just as it would for any Fifa competition‎,” the world governing body said in a statement.

“According to the World Health Organisation, there are currently no cases of Ebola reported from Morocco and therefore all preparations continue as planned.”

The Club World Cup brings together the champions of each of Fifa’s six confederations and the national league champion from the host country. Matches will be played in Rabat and Marrakesh. Apart from Real Madrid, other teams whose participation in the competition has been confirmed include reigning Moroccan League champions Moghreb Tetouan, Copa Libertadors Champions San Lorenzo (CONMEBOL and Argentina),  Auckland City (Oceania and Australia) and Cruz Azul (CONCACAF and Mexico). The remaining two spots will be filled once the winners of this year’s CAF Champions League and AFC Champions League are known.

The current Ebola outbreak has infected more than 10,000 people and killed almost 5,000.