by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya national
women’s rugby team head coach Felix Oloo says his players must
focus on the upcoming World Cup qualification matches in South
Africa, despite having dominated neighbors Uganda in the
regional Elgon Cup.
Oloo says there are more
challenging tasks ahead, and believes his side will show well
against Uganda, Madagascar and hosts South Africa to book their
place at the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021.
"What [the Elgon Cup] showed us was that Uganda have heavy
forwards and they will be out to display their defensive play
again when we meet.
"However, we are well prepared for this encounter," said Oloo
on Monday in Nairobi.
The coach, however, warned against complacency from his squad
and told them not to celebrate their win over Uganda in the
Kenya beat their neigbors 35-5 to win the 2019 Elgon Cup
79-19 on aggregate, after winning the first leg 44-14 in June in
"Our focus must always be on the Africa Women’s tournament in
South Africa in August.
"We have four teams and that tournament will double up as the
2021 Women’s World Cup qualifiers," said Oloo.
Kenya will play Madagascar on August 9 before taking on
Uganda four days later and facing South Africa on August 17.
The winner of the tournament will qualify directly for the
2021 World Cup in New Zealand, while the runners-up will qualify
for a repechage tournament via a play-off against a side from
"The easiest route to the World Cup is to win here in Africa.
"Going through the repechage is a taxing and hard road.
"It is better we hold our ground and clear this qualification
hurdle at the continental level and build on it towards the
global championship," Oloo added.
Kenya beat hosts Uganda to
retain rugby Elgon Cup
by Andrew Oyada KAMPALA Uganda
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s rugby team
retained the regional Elgon Cup after defeating Uganda 16-5 in
the return leg here on Saturday.
Having lost the first leg 16-13 last month in Kisumu, the
visiting Kenyan team needed an outright win if they were to
retain the trophy.
Ronald Kanyanya gave Uganda the lead with a try, but Phillip
Wokorach missed the conversion.
The visiting Kenyan side fought back to score through Billy
Odhiambo and Jacob Ojee converted to give them an 8-5 half time
In the second half, Ojwee added another try for Kenya and
converted a penalty to make it 16-5.
The home side tried to fight back, but failed to break the
"The team played well and I am happy that we came here and
won the game having lost at home," Kenya coach Paul Odera told
The Elgon Cup, which is named after Mount Elgon, is shared by
the two countries and made it debut in 2004.