Kenya 17-14 South Africa
Uganda 24-12 Zimbabwe
Uganda 14-26 South Africa
Kenya 35-10 Zimbabwe
Kenya emerged as the champions of this year’s Africa Men’s 7s tournament, securing not only the title but also a spot in the 2024 Olympics to be held in France.
The tournament, which showcased the best of African 7’s rugby, had its fair share of ups and downs, with South Africa and Uganda also making headlines.
Uganda, the defending champions from last year’s campaign, faced a tough challenge in their journey to retain their title.
Unfortunately, their quest came to an end in the semifinals when they were defeated by a formidable South African team, losing the tie 26-14.
This defeat dashed the Cranes’ hopes of securing a direct Olympic qualification through the “first door.”
However, it wasn’t the end for Uganda. They battled on and secured a third-place finish by defeating Zimbabwe with 24-12 in the Bronze match.
While this wasn’t the title defence they had hoped for, it was the highest placement they could achieve in this year’s edition.
More importantly, it earned them a ticket to the repechage tournament, providing another opportunity to make it to the 2024 Olympics.
The repechage tournament is a crucial second chance for teams like Uganda and South Africa who finished 3rd and 2nd respectively.
It features the runners-up from various continental rugby 7s competitions, all vying for a single slot in the upcoming Olympics.
The competition is fierce, and these teams will have to give it their all to secure that elusive Olympic berth.