Uganda Beat Namibia to lift Africa Cup Sevens Championship


Uganda were crowned Africa Cup Sevens champions, beating Namibia 38-19 in the cup final at the Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday. Ssebuliba Kayiwa puit Uganda ahead, scoring after a strong run and carry by Ramadhan Govule. Philip Wokorach converted for a 7-0 score.

Sunday Haitembu responded immediately with a converted try for Namibia but Pius Ogena ensured that the Rugby Cranes retook the lead, Wokorach converting for a 14-7 score.The Namibians were taking the fight to the Ugandans, Jean Jacobs grounding for an unconverted try that brought the encounter to 14-12.

Namibia would spill the ball with Uganda on the ropes, Wokorach pouncing on the loose ball to first step past his opponents before racing clear to score and convert his own try before James Odong landed for a 26-12 lead at the interval.

Odong would land his brace, fortuitously gathering the ball from Wokorach’s speculative punt, touching down before Namibia scored a consolation try, Karuuombe Nandicatu’s converted effort bringing some respectability.

Hosts Kenya finished third with a 41-0 whitewash of Madagscar as Zimbabwe edged Tunisia 14-7 to claim fifth position. Nigeria finished seventh with a 19-5 win over Morocco. A 55-0 win over Botswana saw Senegal claim ninth place as Zambia took eleventh place with a 45-0 result over Mauritius.

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