Kenya Sevens Qualify for World Cup Sevens in Dramatic Fashion

Kenya Sevens Qualify for World Cup Sevens in Dramatic Fashion

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM
  • Kenya Sevens beat Zambia in the third-place play off to qualify for the World Cup Sevens
  • Shujaa fails to defend their Africa Sevens title after losing to eventual champions Uganda in the semifinals
  • World Cup Sevens to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in September

Kenya Sevens have qualified for the World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. Shujaa worked hard for their qualification, beating Zambia 19-12 in the Bronze final match.

The qualification matches were played in the two-day Rugby Africa 7s competition. The competition was held at the Kyadondo Rugby club in Kampala, Uganda over the weekend with the top three teams getting direct tickets.

Kenya Sevens, World Cup Sevens, Alvin Otieno
Alvin Otieno of Kenya Sevens(R) in action during the Safari Sevens in 2018. Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA
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Kenya were the defending champions but put in a below-par performance to finish second in their group. They were stunned 12-7 by Madagascar in the final group match to set up a semifinal match against rivals Uganda.

Uganda Sevens rode on their massive home support to beat Kenya 22-12. They later beat Zimbabwe 28-0 in the Main Cup final to reclaim a trophy they last won in 2017.

Debutant shines to take Kenya through

In the Kenya match, debutant Amon Wamalwa bagged a brace to guarantee Shujaa’s place at the World Cup. Augustine Lugonzo added another try of his own with Tony Omondi converting two of those tries.

The World Cup will be held in Cape Town later on this year. Uganda, Zimbabwe and Kenya join hosts South Africa as African representatives. This will be Kenya’s sixth consecutive showing at the World Cup.

The Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu side started the tournament with intent beating Senegal 19-0 in the first round. They then dispatched Namibia 33-7 before seeing off Zimbabwe 24-19 in their first group matches.

The defending champions were shocked by Madagascar to drop into second place in the group. They however held on to book their ticket to the World Cup and Commonwealth games. The latter will be held in Birmingham in July.

Simbas lose in South Africa

Kenya 15s meanwhile went down 22-21 to Zimbabwe Goshawks in their second Currie Cup match in South Africa. Jonas Kubu and Derrick Ashiundu bagged points for Kenya but they weren't enough as they narrowly lost to Zimbabwean opposition.

Simbas are using the Currie Cup to get ready for the World Cup qualifiers set for July. They are chasing their first ever showing at a World Cup.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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