North Africans confirm their participation in the Safaricom tournament
Tunisia are the latest team to confirm participation in the Safaricom Sevens tournament between September 21-23 at the Nyayo stadium, Nairobi. The North Africans join the likes of former champions British Army, Samurai from New Zealand, and South African Sevens Academy who have all put pen to paper confirming their participation.
Tunisia are also expected to play in the George Kabeberi Sevens and Driftwood Sevens tournaments on September 9 and 16 as they warm up for the World Cup Sevens qualifier at the end of the month in Morocco. Yesterday Safaricom Sevens organising committee chairman Sasha Mutai confirmed Tunisia’s participation and said he expected the tournament to be very competitive as a result.
“Tunisia are a great rugby nation and we expect them to be as competitive as ever when they come for the tournament. They will definitely be one of the teams to watch,” he added. Speaking at the Sarova Panafric hotel, who forked out Sh1.5 million sponsorship cash to the Kenya Rugby Union towards hosting of the tournament, Mutai said cash will go towards hospitality at the event as well as accommodation for the various teams .
Sarova Panafric have partnered with Kenya rugby over the years, hosting various rugby events and this will be the 12th time they are hosting teams for the Sevens. Sarova Panafric’s general manager Anthony Ngunga sad the hotel was delighted to have secured the hospitality rights for the three day event.
“We have a great tradition and history with the Safari Sevens and we are looking forward to having the players come and enjoy the refurbished facilities at the hotel,” Ngunga added. Kenya Rugby Union chairman Mwangi Muthee said this year’s event will be bigger and better and said he expected a revitalised Kenya side for the tournament.
“You will see a re energised Kenya team with new players and technical bench and am urging all the fans to turn up in large numbers to watch the side before the team departs for the International Rugby Board world series at the end of October” added KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee.
Muthee said changes were expected in the Kenya 15s team soon as the KRU looking towards qualifying for the 2015 World Cup in England. “We will be making changes to the 15s team very soon in the playing unit and technical bench,” Muthee said