Kenyan girls land tough pool - Daily Nation

Kenyan girls land tough pool

Friday September 19 2008

National women rugby seven-aside players Doreen

National women rugby seven-aside players Doreen Remour tackles Janet Midecha during a training session at RFUEA grounds. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO 


Kenya has been drawn in a tough Pool A in the Africa Zone of the women’s 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifiers, which is due to kick off from 2pm at Kampala’s Kyadondo RFC ground.

It is in this Pool that Kenya will battle it out with 2007 Africa Rugby Confederation (CAR) champions South Africa from 5pm.

South Africa are the top seeds and favourites to clinch one of the two spots for the inaugural Women’s RWC Sevens which will be played alongside the men’s competition in Dubai next year.

Pool B has the hosts and second seeds Uganda, Tunisia (3) and Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Two teams – Madagascar and Cote d’Ivoire who were supposed to make their debut pulled out paving was for a Uganda A team to be include to balance the equation.

Coach Sammy Kemmey took the players through a tough training session on Wednesday at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground.

“We have set goals to achieve and will take it one match at a time. The aim is to win all our matches in the Pool to get a favourable draw in the semi finals,” he said.

Kenya plays against last year’s CAR Sevens Plate winners Zambia from 2.20pm before tackling Uganda A from 3.40pm and winding up against South Africa at 5 pm.

The team was due in Uganda last night after taking a 9pm flight for Entebbe. Tunisia who are seeded third were the first arrivals on Tuesday evening. They trained in South Africa for a week. The bulk of the teams arrived on Friday.

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda A, Zambia. Pool B: Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

Order of play: South Africa v Uganda A (2 pm), Kenya v Zambia (2.20), Uganda v Zimbabwe (2.40), Tunisia v Botswana (3 pm), South Africa v Zambia (3.20), Kenya v Uganda A (3.40), Uganda v Botswana (4 pm), Tunisia v Zimbabwe (4.20), Uganda A v Zambia (4.40), South Africa v Kenya (5 pm), Zimbabwe v Botswana (5.20), Uganda v Tunisia (5.40).