Tough draw for Kenya Lionesses

By the punter
Apr 07, 2014
  • Kevin Wambua, Kenya women's Seven's coach could make minimal changes to the team that toured Hong Kong. (SNA File Photo)

  • Kenya Lionesses have been drawn in a tough Pool A of the CAR Women's Sevens which kicks off in Machakos on Saturday. (SNA File Photo)

Kenya has been drawn in a tough Pool A for the Africa Rugby Confederation Women’s Africa Cup Sevens to be held at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday, April 12 from 9 am.

The hosts are in Pool A which has South Africa, Madagascar and Senegal while neighbors, Uganda are seeded second in Pool B headed by Tunisia and also has Zimbabwe and Namibia.

According to the draw, Kenya play Madagascar from 10 am before tackling Senegal from at 12 pm. The complete the pool matches against South Africa at 2.20 pm. The top two teams will qualify for the semi-final while the last two proceed to the Bowl.

The one-day tournament will be spiced by a men’s competition in which Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya Harlequin FC, Strathmore University and Homeboyz will compete. There will also be an age-grade and women’s final matches.

The bulk of the teams arrived on Sunday while Senegal arrived on Monday. Tunisia took no chances and were the first to arrive on March 28 Senegal to acclimatize.

Kenya who performed poorly in their debut Hong Kong Sevens could not have asked for a tougher draw. The technical bench has been silent after arrival from Hong Kong but sources close to the team say they admit it was a dismal show and hard lessons were learned.

There will be minimal changes in the team that travelled to Hong Kong. Stacy Awuor will not be in Machakos after sustaining a hairline fracture on the leg in Hong Kong and Canadian, Emily Woods too.

Janet Okello was racing against time to be fit after sustaining a tissue injury. Stacy will be replaced by Sheila.

One of the local referees Moses Ndungu has been appointed to officiate in Machakos.

Draw

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Madagascar; Pool B: Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia. Men: KCB, Kenya Harlequin FC, Strathmore University, Homeboyz.

Order of play: Senegal v Madagascar (9 am), Zimbabwe v Namibia (9.20), Kenya v Madagascar (10 am), Uganda v Namibia (10.20), Quins v Strathmore University (10.40), South Africa v Senegal (11 am), Tunisia v Zimbabwe (11.20), KCB v Homeboyz (11.40), Kenya v Senegal (12 pm), Uganda v Zimbabwe (12.20), Age Grade final (12.40), South Africa v Madagascar (1 pm), Tunisia v Namibia (1.40), Schools final (2 pm), South Africa v Kenya (2.20), Tunisia v Uganda (2.40), A3 v B4 (3.20), A4 v B3 (3.40), A1 v B2 (4 pm), B1 v A2 (4.20); Shield final (4.40), Bowl final (5 pm), Plate final (5.20), Men’s final (5.40), Cup final (6.10).