Hosts Uganda and Zambia have named ther teams to play in the Rugby Africa Sevens Cup on Saturday and Sunday at the Legends ground in Kampala.
Namibia withdrew from the qualifiers which has attracted 10 teams who will battle it out for for the Rugby World Cup Sevens to be hosted by the USA in Sanfrancisco in July.
The top two teams will also qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Kenya and South Africa, the two top teams in the shorter version of the game have automatically qualified.
According to the organisers, the top eight teams will proceed to the cup quarter finals after being ranked on Saturday.
Ghana kick off the campaign against Tunisia from 9.30 am. Hosts Uganda will play their first match against Ghana from 10.58. Their last match will be against Tunisia at 4.28.
It was hearbreak for Namibia after their Union withdrew the team from the qualifier despite the work put in by the players and management. The Namibia Rugby Union cited lack of funds as the reason.
But, the team’s management explained they had been preparing for the tournament for the past 12 months. They said 80 percent of the costs were availed to the teams by Rugby Afrique with the rest covered by the team’s management and sponsors.
The information was not communicated to the management on time and despite their insistence that the withdrawal be rescinded, Rugby Afrique had already invited Mauritius who accepted.
Despite the sad news, the players and management have vowed to continue playing for the country.
Uganda: Pius Ogena, Eric Kasiita, James Odong. Adrian Kasito, James Oredo, Michael Wokorach, Philip Wokorach, Lawrence Sebuliba, Kevin Keremundu, Solomon Okia, James Ijongat, Byron Oketayot. Desire Ayera and Timothy Kasiga (knee injuries), They pave way for Oredo Oketayot.
Zambia: Israel Kalumba (captain), Guy Lipschitz (assistant captain), Terry Kayamba, Carlos Kanyama, Nigel Chibwe, Edward Mumba, Laston Mukosa, David Chimbukulu, Trevor Squire, Nyangu Kapindu, Emmanuel Daka, Martin Chisenga.
Africa Cup Sevens Cup Draw
Pool A: Uganda, Tunisia, Zambia, Morocco, Ghana.
Pool B: Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal, Botswana, Mauritius.
Day one order of play
Ghana v Tunisia (9.30), Zambia v Morocco (9.52), Mauritius v Zimbabwe (10.14), Botswana v Senegal (10.36), Uganda v Ghana (10.58), Tunisia v Zambia (11.20), Madagascar v Mauritius (12.04), Zimbabwe v Botswana (12.26), Zambia v Uganda (12.48), Morocco v Tunisia (1.30), Botswana v Madagascar (1.54), Senegal v Zimbabwe (2.16), Uganda v Morocco (3 p.m.), Zambia v Ghana (3.22), Madagascar v Senegal (3.44), Botswana v Mauritius (4.06), Tunisia v Uganda (4.28), Morocco v Ghana (4.50), Zimbabwe v Madagascar (5.12), Senegal v Mauritius (5.34)