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Kenya Lionesses qualify for Commonwealth sevens
By Eric Njiru | Sun 17 Sep, 2017 15:36

The Kenya Lionesses have qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Sevens by a virtue of reaching Africa Cup 7s final on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Tunisia.

Kenya beat Tunisia 26-7  to set up a Cup final with South Africa at 5.22pm on Sunday. South Africa beat Uganda 27-0 to ensure they meet with a Kenyan side they have beaten in the last two years. 

Janet Okello opened the scoring for Kenya with Janet Owino adding the extras but the hosts equalized just before the break for a 7-7 score. Kenya would be reduced to six players after winger Sinaida Aura was sent to the bin but did not crack under pressure managing to cross over twice through Northern Suburbs duo of Okelo and captain Phila Olando to make it 19-7. 

Aura returned to score on the last play and hand Kenya the all-important win to qualify for final and Commonwealth Games. 

The Kevin Wambua coached side has an eye which is winning the Africa Cup 7s and gain qualification to next year’s Sevens World Cup to be held at San Francisco Bay, USA.

Rugby sevens at the 2018 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be held in the Gold Coast, Australia from April 13 to 15. The rugby sevens competition will be held at Robina Stadium.

A total of sixteen men's and eight women's teams are scheduled to compete.

Australia women’s team have qualified for the Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth games while New Zealand, Canada, Fiji and England qualified for the 2016-17 Women’s Sevens Series. Wales won the European 7s to go through.

Kenya will be joined by the second finalists South Africa to the Commonwealth Ggames.

The men’s team, Kenya 7s, has already qualified alongside Australia, South Africa, England, Fiji, New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Wales and Samoa.

Eric Njiru
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