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Foreign teams arrive in Uganda for Rugby
World Cup Sevens 2018 qualifier

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Six foreign teams arrived in Uganda on Wednesday ahead of the Africa Rugby Sevens Championship which will also act as qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 and the Commonwealth Games.

Apart from the teams from Madagascar and Mauritius that have not arrived in Uganda, other national teams from Tunisia, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe arrived in time to acclimatize themselves to the weather condition.

“We are happy that most of the teams have arrived in time for serious competition. Uganda will be more than determined to retain the African title and also ensure the team qualifies for the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games,” Andrew Owor, Chairman of the Uganda Rugby Union told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Khalifa Nejemeddine, one of Tunisia’s senior players said that they are aware of the task ahead because every game in the tournament will count.

“Our target is to win the trophy and also be at the World Cup. We have prepared well and expect good results,” said Nejemeddine.

Uganda beat Namibia last year in the final of the same tournament played in Nairobi, Kenya earning them participation in the World Series qualification in Hong Kong, Cape Town Sevens and the Dubai Sevens.

The tournament will attract hosts Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco, Mauritius, Ghana, Botswana and Zambia.

The women’s edition of the qualifiers will be held in Tunisia next month and the champions will qualify for 2018 Sevens World Cup.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Africa Zone 5 Basketball Championship enters quarterfinals stage in Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The ongoing Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Africa Zone 5 championship has entered quarterfinals stage in Uganda.

Defending champions City Oilers (Uganda) will face Gondar City (Ethiopia) on Thursday.

Uganda’s second men’s team Betway Power who stopped KPA (Kenya) on Tuesday night 73-60 to also maintain a 100 percent record will now battle Hawassa City (Ethiopia) in the knock out stage.

The other quarterfinal games will see Kenya’s KPA battle Savio (Tanzania), while Patriots will be up against another Tanzanian side ABC.

The event has attracted teams from Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Winners of the Championship will represent Zone 5 at the Africa FIBA Club Championship early next year.

 

             

 

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