The twelve best African teams (apart from South Africa) will compete for the African Champion title. In 2019 they will be joined by Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have just been promoted from regional pre qualification events. The 2019 Africa Men’s Sevens tournament will serve as Olympic Qualifier for Tokyo 2020. It is worth noting that should Kenya and South Africa – the two African teams competing in the Sevens World Series – finish in the top 4 of the 2018-2019 Series, they will automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. If they don’t, they will have to play in the 2019 Africa Men’s Sevens to earn their right to feature in the Olympic Games.
But right now, the focus is in Tunisia on the 2018 edition of the Africa Men’s Sevens tournaments being the biggest African rugby event with 12 teams from all over the continent : Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia.
In 2017, Kenya did not take part in the annual African tournament as they had already qualified for the Sevens World Cup based on their performance in the previous World Cup. But this year, they are back in the game and as keen as ever to be crowned African Champion.
Kenya Rugby Union President, Richard Omwela, is in Tunisia to support his team and comments :
“Kenya has just concluded the 20th edition of the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit which serves as the national club sevens championship and it has again proven to be as competitive as ever, Menengai Cream Homeboyz winning a second overall title in three years. It has additionally unearthed amazing talent such as Stanbic Mwamba youngsters Daniel Taabu and Ronnie Omondi, Mark Wandetto from Homeboyz to name but a few who all have been selected in a 31 man provisional Kenya Sevens squad for the 2018/19 season. We hope to see these youngsters linking up with experienced hands like Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde and Eden Agero as we plot to reclaim our Africa title and take on the world during the upcoming season.”
This event is also an exciting opportunity for younger teams to assess their progress against stronger sides the likes of Kenya, Uganda or Zimbabwe.
According to Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, this will only be the second time that Ghana will take part in the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens tournament and the Union is looking forward to using the opportunity to develop its players. “Ghana is definitely still the underdog, as it was in 2017. The coaches and players have worked hard and everybody is looking forward to the opportunity to gain some much-needed match experience.”
Similarly, Botswana Rugby team manager, Matthew Gibson is very excited about the upcoming tournament. “We have opted to select our younger players and looked at the youth as the future and development of 7s within Botswana. Preparations for the tournament have gone well and I know that the players are looking forward to the opportunity to show case themselves in the International arena.”
The tournament is also used to build capacity with the ten best African referees – outside of South Africa – including two women gathered in a preparation camp under the guidance of Salem Attalah, former French top 14 referee and Alhambra Nievas, international referee and newly appointed referee development manager for World Rugby.
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Program of the tournament – Saturday 13 October, Sunday 14 October 2018 :
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
|M 1||A1 vs A3||Kenya vs Botswana||22 mn||11 : 00|
|M 2||B1 vs B3||Uganda vs Ghana||22 mn||11 : 22|
|M 3||C1 vs C3||Zimbabwe vs Mauritius||22 mn||11 : 44|
|M 4||D1 vs D3||Madagascar vs Namibia||22 mn||12 : 06|
|Break 1||22 mn||12 : 28|
|M 5||A2 vs A3||Morocco vs Botswana||22 mn||12 : 50|
|M 6||B2 vs B3||Senegal vs Ghana||22 mn||13 : 12|
|M 7||C2 vs C3||Tunisia vs Mauritius||22 mn||13 : 34|
|M 8||D2 vs D3||Zambia vs Namibia||22 mn||13 : 56|
|Break 2||22 mn||14 : 18|
|M 9||A1 vs A2||Kenya vs Morocco||22 mn||14 : 40|
|M10||B1 vs B2||Uganda vs Senegal||22 mn||15 : 02|
|M11||C1 vs C2||Zimbabwe vs Tunisia||22 mn||15 : 24|
|M12||D1 vs D2||Madagascar vs Zambia||22 mn||15 : 46|
|End of the 1st day||16 : 08|
– At the end of the pool stage of the first day, we establish a ranking in each pool:
– The 2 first of each pool are qualified for the ¼ finals (Plate and Cup)
– The 4 teams ranked 3rd continue the tournament for the Bowl (Rank 9 to 12).
Quarter finals (Plate – Cup)
|M 13||¼ finals||1st pool A vs 2nd pool D||22 mn||10 : 00|
|M 14||1st pool B vs 2nd pool C||10 : 22|
|M 15||1st pool C vs 2nd pool B||10 : 44|
|M 16||1st pool D vs 2nd pool A||11 : 08|
Bowl semi finals
|M 17||3rd pool A vs 3rd pool D||22 mn||11 : 30|
|M 18||3rd pool B vs 3rd pool C||22 mn||11 : 52|
Plate semi finals
|M 19||Loser M 13 vs Loser M 16||22 mn||12 : 14|
|M 20||Loser M 14 vs Loser M 15||22 mn||12 : 36|
Cup semi finals
|M 21||Winner M 13 vs Winner M 16||22 mn||12 : 58|
|M 22||Winner M 14 vs Winner M 15||22 mn||13 : 20|
|Break||22 mn||13 : 42|
Ranking and Bowl Final (9th to 12th)
|M 23||11th-12th||Loser M 17 vs Loser M 18||22 mn||14 : 02|
|M 24||Final Bowl||Winner M 17 vs Winner M 18||22 mn||14 : 24|
Ranking and Plate final (5th to 8 th)
|M 25||7th – 8th||Loser M 19 vs Loser M 20||22 mn||14 : 46|
|M 26||Final Plate||Winner M 19 vs Winner M 20||22 mn||15 : 08|
Bronze final and Cup final (1st to 4th)
|M 27||3rd – 4th||Loser M 21 vs Loser 22||22 mn||15 : 30|
|M 28||Final Cup||Vainqueur M 21 vs Vainqueur M22||22 mn||15 : 52|
|End of tournament||16 : 14|
Liverpool open talks with reps of Victor Osimhen on possible Anfield move
Toppers of the English Premier League, Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with the camp of Lille striker, Victor Osimhen on a possible signing of the Nigerian.
According to Le10sport, the UEFA Champions League holders, has now opened discussions with Osimhen’s representatives in a bid to lure the Nigerian international to Anfield.
The French newspaper reports that the Premier League leaders are “laying the foundations” for an opening contract proposal that could see Osimhen join the Reds this summer.
Liverpool will have to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for Osimhen’s signature. Osimhen’s contract with Lille will expire at the end of the 2023-2024 season. The 21-year-old is expected to cost around £70million.
AFFC lauds Heritage Bank on youth, entertainment devt
African Freestyle Football (AFFC) Championship 2019 in collaboration with World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) have commended Heritage Bank Plc for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and engendering the Nigeria’s entertainment space on the world’s stage.
The 2019 African Freestyle Football Championship ended on a high note, with defending champion Abdul Titi Kone of Cote d’Ivoire emerging as the African Champion once again. This event marked the 2nd edition of the African Championship and the 3rd annual edition of the Nigerian Championship hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited. The final was a repeat of the 2018 championship, as Kone again defeated Egypt’s Yousef Mohamad just as he did in last year’s final while Ashley Mhkize of South Africa placed third.
In the female category, Evelyn Okafor (Nigeria), Hadhara Charles (Tanzania) and Augustina Unamba (Nigeria) placed first, second and third respectively.
This year’s edition accommodated at least 30 African countries that participated at the championship.
The Chairman of AFFC, Valentine Ozigbo, who commended bank for being at the forefront of promoting freestyle football for the past two years, said Heritage Bank is “always very innovative and supportive to the cause of entertainment and youth development.
According to him, these achievements would have been impossible without the extensive support of the official bankers (Heritage Bank) for the championship for two years running.
Speaking further, Ozigbo hinted, “since inception, Feet ‘n’ Tricks has been committed to promoting freestyle football talent to stardom and we haven’t relented. Through this platform, we have seen talented freestylers get a head start in life, travel to exciting places and represent our beloved continent doing what they know how to do best.”
The MD/CEO, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, said the bank has strong desire towards developing and positioning youths to become world-class citizens equipped and ready to be absorbed into an increasing competitive professional skills and endeavours.
Sekibo, who was represented by an Executive Director, Jude Monye advised the youths who were participants to adopt strong positive character to enable them take advantage of the platform being presented to them.
“One of the reasons why we chose, as an organization, to support the freestyle championship is to enhance youth development in sport and entertainment, which will empower them play vital roles in the socio-economic development of the country and help curb the high level of unemployment,” he stressed.
According to Sekibo, the drive to support youths seeks to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.
It is against the backdrop of the competition that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, promised to give more support to the entertaining part of football.
“We need to encourage this entertaining part of football because what they are doing here is great. Freestyle is quite interesting, and I am happy with what I have seen so far.
“With this project, a goal has been achieved. I also want more ladies to come out and do freestyle football because it is highly entertaining and competitive.
“I will see to how we can give more support to freestyle football in the future,”he said.
Congratulating the Feet n Tricks team, Daniel Wood, Co-founder and Head of Global Partnerships, World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) said, “Feet n Tricks have proven that they can produce world class events and we are so excited to be extending our partnership. We are fully committed to creating opportunities for young people and this event is to be the focus point for our sport in the continent of Africa.”
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