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With SA out, Kenya Lionesses can seal Olympic qualification in Tunisia
By Eric Njiru | Tue 08 Oct, 2019 14:34

Kenya Lionesses have a great chance of qualifying for Tokyo 2020 this Saturday when they take on African sides at this year’s Africa 7s. 

Tunisia Rugby Union hosts the Africa Women’s Sevens on the 12th and 13th October 2019 in the Mustapha Ben Jannet stadium in Monastir, Tunisia.

Now all eyes are on the twelve of the best African teams as they are impatiently waiting to seize the opportunity to qualify directly for the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020. 

The silver and bronze medallists will have another opportunity to qualify by competing in a global repechage tournament to be held in June 2020. 

The first and second placed teams will be able to participate for the World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier tournament.

It is to be noted that South Africa will only compete for a chance to qualify for the World Series qualifier event, due to the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee’s internal rules not permitting them to qualify for the Olympic Games directly from the African Regional Qualifier tournament.

Kenya lost to SA in 2015 to lose the 2016 Olympics qualification but the Springboks women pulled out handing Kenya the chance. 

With the Olympics and the World Rugby Sevens Series just around the corner, many sides have been investing into their Sevens programme meaning there is a lot at stake for the teams and the qualifier tournament will showcase competitive matches. The participating teams are (in current African ranking order) Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, South Africa, and Ghana. 

South Africa withdrew from the 2018 edition, it therefore now ranks 11th out of the 12 teams. 

Kenya Lionesses Team Cynthia Camilla(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Janet Okello(Stanbic Mwamba), Grace Adhiambo(Top Fry Nakuru), Celestine Masinde(Stanbic Mwamba), Diana Awino(Impala Saracens), Leah Wambui(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Janet Owino(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Vivian Akumu(Top Fry Nakuru), Christabel Lindo(Impala Saracens) and Stella Wafula(Impala Saracens), Philadelphia Olando(Northern Suburbs), Sheila Chajira(Menengai Cream Homeboyz).

Africa Women’s Sevens Pools
Pool A: Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Botswana
Pool B: Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Pool C: Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius, Madagascar

-Additional material derived from APO Group 

Eric Njiru
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