Kenya went undefeated to win gold at the 2019 African Men’s Sevens Championships. By winning, the nation has also qualified to the Olympics. The African Men’s Sevens Championships was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from November 8th to November 9th 2019.
Fourteen nations competed as they played an opening round where the seven winners and best loser advanced to the main bracket. The only seeding upset was ninth seed Namibia’s 26-21 victory over sixth seed Tunisia. The other winners were Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe while Nigeria was the best loser thanks to their performance against Zimbabwe where they lost 24-21.
The eight teams competed in two pools. In Pool A, Madagascar and Zimbabwe won their first two matches against Nigeria and Zambia to book their spots to the semi-finals. In the final pool match, it was Zimbabwe who defeated Madagascar 15-12 to advance first in the group. Third place was Zambia who defeated Nigeria 19-12.
Pool B saw Kenya’s strength where they scored 107 points in three matches and only conceded seven in their 24-7 victory over Uganda. Uganda finished second and advanced to the semi-finals thanks to their victories over Namibia and Senegal. Third place was won by Namibia who defeated Senegal 38-19.
The semi-finals were won by Kenya and Uganda as they defeated Madagascar 40-14 and Zimbabwe 21-12 respectively. The rematch between Kenya and Uganda went similarly as Kenya won the tournament and Olympic quota with a 29-0 victory. The bronze medal was won by Zimbabwe who defeated Madagascar 24-7.
This will be Kenya’s second trip to the Olympics in rugby sevens where they will hope to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. By finishing second and third, Uganda and Zimbabwe will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics via the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. Continental qualifiers continue this weekend with the Asian women’s qualifier.