Kwese Sports will air the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup live and exclusive on Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1, the newly launched Kwesé Iflix and Facebook Live from 16 June to 18 August.
The 2018 edition is dubling up as 2019 World Cup qualifiers for Africa region where the winner will head to Japan.
As the exclusive rights-holder for both TV and all digital platforms, Kwesé TV will be using local facility houses to deliver excellent and seamless coverage of the tournament.
2017 Gold Cup teams Uganda, Namibia, Tunisia, Kenya and Zimbabwe will be joined by Silver Cup winner Morocco to fight for their chance at lifting the 2018 title trophy and an opportunity to accompany South Africa to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“We are using local facilities to bring African Rugby fans the best broadcast of their favourite game. This is one of many ways Kwesé TV is showcasing its commitment to investing in and empowering local talent”, said Jeroen Oerlemans CEO Kwesé Sports.
“The excitement, support and suspense that surrounds the Rugby Africa Gold Cup keeps growing every year and we plan to ensure fans do not miss a second of the action throughout all 15 matches”, he added.
The first game of the tournament on Saturday June 16 will kick off at 13:30 CAT between host country Zimbabwe and visitor Morocco. Followed by defending champions Namibia hosting Uganda at15:30 CAT.
For one to qualify for the 2019 World Cup as Africa 1, they will have to win the round-robin Africa Gold Cup where points will be tallied after the five matches. Africa 1 is placed in pool B that has World Champions New Zealand, South Africa Italy and repechage winner.
The team that finishes second will head to a global repechage tournament in November to try another luck. The four repechage teams will play a round-robin to decide which country will draw into Pool B in Japan with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Africa 1.
Unlike previous Repechages, the four teams will play in a Round-robin tournament, where all teams will play each other once, rather than a semi-final, final.
The Rugby Africa Gold Cup rankings follow a points system (win, tie, loss and bonus points) with other criteria in case of two or three-way ties. The winner is, in any case, the team who scores the most at the end of the tournament.
There is no final match to determine the champion, so the suspense builds regarding the final ranking of all the teams until the final second of the last match.
Namibia represented Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup after finishing top in the 2014 edition of CAR.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup Fixtures
16 June 2018
Zimbabwe v Morocco -Quinton Immelman(SARU) -Ref
Namibia v Uganda -Cwengile Jadezweni(SARU)
23 June 2018
Namibia v Tunisia -Quinton Immelman(SARU)
Morocco v Kenya -Sebastien Minery(FFR)
30 June 2018
Kenya v Zimbabwe -Tual Trainini(FFR)
Morocco v Namibia -Adrien Descottes(FFR)
7 July 2018
Kenya v Uganda -Quinton Immelman(SARU)
Tunisia v Zimbabwe -Jonathan Dufort(FFR)
4 August 2018
Uganda v Tunisia -Cwengile Jadezweni(SARU)
Zimbabwe v Namibia -Egon Seconds(SARU)
11 August 2018
Uganda v Morocco -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Kenya v Tunisia -Julian Castaignede(FFR)
18 August 2018
Uganda v Zimbabwe -Egon Seconds(SARU)
Namibia v Kenya -Rasta Rasivhenge(SARU)
Tunisia v Morocco -Cedric Marchat(FFR)