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Kenya Shujaa are seeded tops in the 21st edition of the Safari Sevens international rugby tournament scheduled for September 24-25 at the Moi Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi. Shujaa who were last year’s runners up of the event, losing the title to the current defending champions Samurai RFC, have been pooled alongside Portugal, Cape Warriors and Nigeria in Pool A.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz RFC, the reigning national sevens series champions, have also been slotted in the 12-team tournament. Homeboyz have been slotted in the pool of death, Pool B where they will battle for the first finish against South Africa’s DHL Western Province and Cape Town based Belhar Rockets with England Saxons closing the pool.
Shujaa’s African rivals, Zimbabwe have been slotted in Pool C which comprises the defending champions Samurai, Morocco and the Red Wailers. Zimbabwe and Morocco will bring in two sides to honour the African cup sevens tournament which will be played alongside the Safari Sevens event at the same venue.
Poolings Pool A: Kenya Shujaa, Portugal, Cape Worriers, Rwanda Pool B: England Saxons, Western Province, Homeboyz, Belhar Rockets Pool C: Samurai, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Red Wailers Meanwhile, the second edition of the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) cum-Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) Girls National Sevens competition kicks off today at Safaricom Kasarani Stadium with all 16 teams taking part.
“All plans are on course and everything is set. We expect teams to be in on Wednesday by 5pm in the evening before proceeding to Alliance Girls where all girls will be hosted during the three day tournament,” KRU Age Grade and Women’s Rugby Competition Director Nicholas Abok Aballah told People Daily Sports.
“Kick-off dates tentatively is Thursday 22nd and Friday then finals only on Saturday unless otherwise changed,” Aballah added. Defending champions Barchando is however uncertain of their participation as at the time of sending this report, the team’s hopes of gracing the occasions was hanging on thin air due to financial hiccups in the school as the tournament has no sponsor to facilitate it.