Tired of being second best in the last four years on the trot, Kenya Women's team - the Lionesses stepped up to finally put a claim to the Africa Women's Sevens title after seeing off neighbors Uganda 29-7 in the final played in Gaberone, Botswana on Sunday 27 May.
The Lionesses coached by Kevin Mwema Wambua led 22-0 at half time through a brace of tries each from both Michele Omondi (Sinaida Aura) and the unstoppable Janet Akello.
Into the second half Uganda came back with a converted try from Grace Auma but Kenya's response was similar digits when Linet Moraa stepped in to dot down completing a perfect buildup.The ensuing conversion was good.
For a place in the final Kenya had beaten Madagascar 27-0 in the semis - in what was their second meeting at the tournament - while Uganda narrowly edged out Tunisia 10-5.
Lionesses came through day one unblemished after posting 41-0 and 42-0 wins over Senegal and Madagascar, respectively, and came closer to the final after seeing off Zambia 43-7 in the quarterfinals.
In claiming Gold in Botswana, Lionesses outscored her opponents 184 points from a record 30 tries and 17 conversions. The team conceded only 14 points - two tries and as many conversions, one each from Zambia and Uganda.
Uganda started their chase for the missed title with a 22-7 win over Zimbabwe and followed it up with a 10-10 draw with Tunisia in pool B.
The Cranes then went on to hit Senegal 12-5 to once again book Tunisia, this time in the semis. Deadlocked at 5-5 in the first half, Uganda went on to find the winning try in the next half to book the Lionesses in the final in a game they went on to claim silver.
Tunisia joined Kenya and Uganda at the podium after seeing off Madagascar 22-7 to clinch bronze.
Africa Women’s Sevens Day 1 - Saturday 26 May 2018
1.Pool A Madagascar 40 Senegal 0
2.Pool B Uganda 20 Zimbabwe 7
3.Pool C Morocco 22 Zambia 26
4.Pool A Kenya 41 Senegal 0
5.Pool B Tunisia 31 Zimbabwe 07
6.Pool C Botswana 15 Mauritius 10
7.Pool A Kenya 42 Madagascar 0
8.Pool B Tunisia 10 Uganda 10
9.Botswana 05 Zambia 05
10. Morocco 24 Mauritius 05
Day 2 - Sunday 27 May 2018
11. Kenya 43 Zambia 05
12. Tunisia 36 Botswana 0
13. Uganda 12 Senegal 5
14. Madagascar 24 Zimbabwe 5
15. Zambia 15 Zimbabwe 17
16. Botswana 10 Senegal 22
17. Kenya 27 Madagascar 0
18. Uganda 10 Tunisia 5
9th place final: Morocco 22 Mauritius 5
7th place final: Botswana 12 Zambia 5
5th place final: Zimbabwe 19 Senegal 5
3rd place playoff: Tunisia 22 Madagascar 7
Final: Kenya 29 Uganda 7