By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya national rugby team captain Davis Chenge on
Tuesday called for patience and teamwork ahead of his country’s
clash with Uganda, in a match that will double up as the final
of the regional Elgon Cup and the Rugby Africa Gold Cup.
Speaking to Xinhua
in Nairobi on Tuesday, Chenge said he believes his team has what
it takes to defeat their rivals and go all the way to secure
their first ever appearance at a Rugby World Cup next year in
Only South Africa,
Namibia and Zimbabwe have represented Africa at the World Cup,
and Kenya is keen to end the domination from the southern part
of the continent.
Chenge, who helped
Kenya score three tries in their 45-36 win over Zimbabwe last
week, is calling on his troops to remain focused in their quest
for regional bragging rights in the Elgon Cup against Uganda.
beat Uganda 34-16 in the first leg of the Elgon Cup in May, but
must be on the lookout as their neighbours seek revenge.
“We started the
match against Zimbabwe strongly and got the points. But things
became tense in the final minutes, which is not good. However, I
am proud of what the substitutes did to restore our lead and
secure the win.
“We certainly must
improve on line-outs and set-pieces, as well as a little bit of
scrummaging ahead of the upcoming games. The mood in the camp is
encouraging, as all the players are looking forward to another
clash with Uganda,” said Chenge.
Namibia top the
table with 15 points, having bagged maximum points from three
matches against Uganda 55-6, Tunisia 118-0 and Morocco 63-7.
Namibia look to be the team that Kenya must beat if they are to
qualify for the World Cup.
Kenya have played
two matches and have eight points, having missed out on bonus
point wins on both occasions. They previously defeated Morocco
28-24 and Zimbabwe 45-36.
The 2018 Africa Gold
Cup winner will be determined at the end of the competition in
August, where the team with the most points will be crowned
champions and scoop the sole ticket to the Rugby World Cup in
South Africa are
exempted from qualifying owing to their superior world ranking.
The runners-up from
the tournament will head to the global repechage in November for
a final chance to qualify for the World Cup.