The Kenya Lionesses are gearing up for the 2017 Women’s Africa Cup Sevens set for September 16 and 17, 2017 in Tunisia.
The 2017 edition will also be used as a qualifier for the 2018 Women’s Sevens World Cup to be held in San Francisco Bay, USA.
Head Coach Kevin Wambua told kru.co.ke that they have a chance to win it and qualify for the global showpiece.
“We know we have to win the African Cup Sevens if we want to play in the World Cup, that’s why it’s big for us. Our chances of winning it are as good as anyone else’s. The mood in camp right now is very healthy and everyone wants to put their best foot forward and represent Kenya with pride, win the Africa Cup and qualify for the World Cup…that’s our target.”
The Lionesses will fight it out with defending champions South Africa, hosts Tunisia, Uganda, Senegal, Madagascar, Namibia and Zimbabwe for Africa’s sole berth.
“I believe we are capable of it. If you look at last year’s Africa Cup, we lost the final to South Africa by five points (17-22). It’s just a matter of belief and decision making which let us down.”
“I believe this time round with all our training and hard work, it’s just a matter of putting our mental right and putting our best foot forward taking every game as a final.
Sixteen teams will play at the Women's World Cup Sevens. Four teams automatically qualified by reaching the semifinals at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. Additionally, the top four teams not already qualified from the 2016-17 Women's World Sevens Series also qualified.
The remaining eight places will be filled via continental qualifiers
“We just have to play and win. We are ready for that. I am pretty sure the girls will put up a good show. I am pretty sure we’re going to make it for the Rugby World Cup Sevens,” he added.
-Interview derived from kru.co.ke