NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Rugby Africa President Abdelaziz Bougja says the
continent has strong teams that can win the Sevens World Cup,
which will be held this weekend in San Francisco, USA.
Africa will have
four teams out of the 24 that will be battling it out in the
competition. New Zealand’s men and women are the defending
champions and will be keen to do everything to retain their
titles but Bougja says it will be African team that will wrest
the crown at the end of the competition on Sunday.
Africa teams in the
competition are Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the
men’s competition while only South Africa will be representing
the continent in the women’s cadre.
“They are strong
teams in their own right and will fight it out and hopefully,
one of the four men’s teams will win the tournament. Kenya and
South Africa have dominated the World Series circuit and
hopefully that will be shown in the World Cup too,” said Bougja
South Africa has
been seeded top owing to their good run in the World Series.
Kenya will be number nine and will have to play in the
preliminary round against Tonga before joining the eight top
seeds. Winner of the match will meet Scotland to determine who
make it to the quarterfinals.
This will be Kenya’s
fifth consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens appearance and former
head coach Benjamin Ayimba said the team has the capacity to
make history and win the World Cup for the first time.
“They are a strong
team better than any other before. With some luck, they will go
all the way to the Main Cup finals,” he said.
Ayimba played at
Kenya’s first ever World Cup in 2001 in Argentina and captained
the team at their second show at the 2005 event in Hong Kong.
returned as head coach in 2009 and made history as he guided the
team to finish third in Dubai in 2009.
Kenyan team off to US for Rugby
Sevens World Cup
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Sevens team jetted out Sunday for the
World Cup in San Francisco, the United States, in a bid to go
past the semi-final stage.
Head coach Innocent
Simiyu has opted to wrap his team on the steel of experience and
called up four players from the team that competed at the 2014
World Cup in Moscow.
The four, Collins
Injera, a member of the 2009 and 2013 semifinalist squads as
well as Andrew Amonde, Willy Ambaka and Eden Agero who made the
last tourney, will guide the team as it seeks its first Cup win
“Our training has
been good and it is always good to have headache in selection
based on all players being available. Most of these players are
young while some have been here before. They will learn from
each other,” said Simiyu, Sunday in Nairobi.
Simiyu, who made his
World Cup debut as a player in 2005 and who was a member of the
pioneering Kenya team in 2009, has come off a season in which
the side has set some milestones, reaching two successive cup
finals in Vancouver and Hong Kong.
Commenting on his
squad selection ahead of the tournament in San Francisco, Simiyu
believes it is the best side ever and capable of beating any
“We have a very
strong squad based on training. The guys have really trained
hard and we believe we have selected the best team that can
represent the country. We’re looking for good performances from
the players and hopefully we can get some good results,” said
Kenya will have no
rehearsals as the organizers Rugby World have changed the
tournament format, with Kenya among the teams that have to play
in the knockout stage to qualify for the last eight.
Kenya will face
Tonga and the winner will meet Scotland in the last eight.