Favourable pool for Lionesses at Africa 7s show
Kenya Lionesses will face Zimbabwe, Senegal and Madagascar in Pool B of the forthcoming Africa Women’s Sevens Championships in Tunisia later this month.
Champions South Africa face Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco in pool A . The Lionesses will start their campaign against Madagascar before facing Senegal and complete their preliminary assignments against Zimbabwe. The winner of the qualifier gets a direct ticket to the Rugby Sevens championships slated for San Fransiscso, USA in June 2018.
The runners up will qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Perth Australia. For the first time in the women’s competition, the teams will be ranked after the opening day paving way for the quarters on the second day.
Head coach Kevin Wambua said they are targeting the World Cup and observed that the gap between them and holders South Africa, based on last year’s championship in Harare - where they lost by five points 22-17, have narrowed. The team has been training for the past one month and has had a residential training camp in Nairobi in preparation for the qualifiers.
“The girls are more than ready. We have 10 to 12 days of training left before we go to Tunisia and we are relishing the challenge of competing and qualifying for next year’s World Cup,” said Wambua.
However, director of women’s and age-grade rugby, Sylvia Kamau said the girls could not play enough competitive build up matches due to financial constraints.
“It would have been good to play at a competitive tournament to sharpen the girls’ basic skills and rectify any mistake we may see but we did not have any funds to have the team travel,” said Kamau.
France’s Caroline Ladagnous tackles Kenya’s Linet Arasa during the 2016 Rio Olympics