NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya will join host Rwanda and three other
African countries in the annual regional east and central Africa
youth rugby tournament in Kigali on Saturday.
The tournament is
open to young players aged 15-18 year old. Abdelaziz Bougja,
president of Rugby Africa, says the tournament will help promote
the sport in the region.
Alongside Kenya and
Rwanda, other teams are Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
The tournament will
be a major exposure tour for the Kenya team, which missed out on
the Africa Youth Games in Algeria.
“Rugby is a booming
sport on the African continent. The regional tourney promises to
be a great success,” said the Africa boss.
tournament has a theme of “Connect to Africa” and “Friends of
Rwandan Rugby” and will be marking its third annual edition
designed to foster international competition.
“This is a very
exciting time for Rwandan rugby. We have been growing the rate
of participation in our schools for more than a decade. It will
be wonderful to again gauge our progress against other teams
from the region. It will be great to see our players make
friendship with rugby players from other countries and recognize
that there is major participation happening on other parts of
the continent,” said Kamanda Tharcisse, the Rwanda Rugby
Federation Secretary General.
will join giants South Africa as continental representatives at
the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
The Namibian side
beat Kenya in the final of the Gold Cup to secure their ticket
to join South Africa in Pool B at the World Cup.
Keya still have a
chance to sail through and claim the final spot in the 24-team
World Cup should they navigate through the Repechage tourney in
Marseille, France in November where they are up against other
continental losers Canada, Hong Kong and Germany.
The Rugby Africa
Gold Cup was played in fifteen matches in six African countries,
Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Morocco.
“We are very proud
of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup. It is a tournament that unites the
whole of Africa around the values of rugby,” said Abdelaziz
Bougja, president of Rugby Africa.
The final of the
Rugby Africa Silver Cup on October 20 in Lusaka between hosts
Zambia and Algeria will determine which team will be promoted to
the Gold Cup competition next year.