Kenya to host continental rugby tournament for the third time

Kenya will be hoping to retain the title for the third time

“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) is greatly honoured by the invitation by SARU to participate in the Carling Champions Match in Pretoria, said Oduor Gangla, chairman of the Kenya Rugby Union.

Kenya will for the third time host the continental Rugby Africa Barthes U20 tournament, having hosted the competition in 2019 and 2021.

This year’s tournament will feature eight participants unlike last years tournament which had only three participants. Kenya, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Madagascar have been named to compete in the tournament.

The Kenya Rugby Union Chairperson Oduor Gangla, during the launch of the Rugby Africa 2022 competition calendar, said it was an honor for the country to host the competition and added that it was the first time Kenya was hosting this unified tournament.

“This is a major step forward for U20 rugby in Africa and as the kenya rugby union we are honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to host this event. It is the first time we are hosting one unified competition for this age group,” Gangla stated.

Kenya which has won the last two tournaments beating Namibia and Madagscar at the KCB Sports Club and Nyayo Stadium in 2019 and 2021 respectively, will be looking to retain the title to qualify for the World Rugby Junior Trophy.

Gangla said preparations for the tournament are under way and that the organizers will be looking to deliver a spectacular tournament where young players will come out and show case their talent.

He also thanked Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and the organizing committee for their hard work towards delivering the event.

“Preparations are going on, and we are looking forward to a very competitive event where the young players come out and showcase their talent and ability.

I must appreciate the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage led by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed as well as the Local Organizing Committee for their hard work towards delivering this event. This year’s event will be played in front of spectators and we look forward to hosting a memorable event in Nairobi,” Gangla stated.

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