The Lionesses have quietly been going about the business of preparing for the 2017 Women’s Africa Cup Sevens set for 16/17 September in Tunisia. With this year’s tournament serving as the African qualifying round for the Rugby World Cup Sevens due to take place from 20th to 22nd July 2018 in San Francisco, USA, Head Coach Kevin Wambua is under no illusion of the task that awaits his charges.
Speaking to Kenya Rugby on the sidelines of the team’s residential camp last week in Nairobi, Wambua said, “ We know have to win the African Cup Sevens if we want to play in the World Cup, that’s why its big for us. Our chances of winning it are as good as anyone else’s. The mood in camp right now is very healthy and everyone wants to put their best foot forward and represent Kenya with pride, win the Africa Cup and qualify for the World Cup…that’s our target.”
“ I believe we are capable of it…if you look at last year’s Africa Cup, we lost the final to South Africa by five points (17-22)…it’s just a matter of belief and decision making which let us down. I believe this time round with all our training and hard work, it’s just a matter of putting our mental right and putting our best foot forward…taking every game as a final..we just have to play and win. We are ready for that. I am pretty sure the girls will put up a good show..I am pretty sure we’re going to make it for the Rugby World Cup Sevens,” he added.
The Lionesses will fight it out with defending champions South Africa, hosts Tunisia, Uganda, Senegal, Madagascar, Namibia and Zimbabwe for Africa’s sole berth.