WOMEN RUGBY; ZAMBIA RANKED TENTH

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By MICHAEL MIYOBA

ZAMBIA rugby women’s team failure to impress at the 2019 Africa Women’s Sevens rugby championship in the coastal city of Monastir, Tunisia has seen the team ranked tenth in Africa.

Nicknamed “The Boys,” the Zambia women’s rugby team competed in the Africa Women’s Sevens rugby championship which was used as qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.

Zambia recorded one victory and lost the other four matches at the tournament to move to tenth on the continent’s best women rugby teams list.

“The Boys” started their campaign in Tunisia with an embarrassing 36-0 loss to South Africa before the tightly contested 15-10 defeat to Uganda.

Zambia continued with her poor performance on the second day of the games, losing 12-7 to neighbours Zimbabwe before the 21-14 defeat to Ghana.

The team’s only victory came in the last game at the tournament when they beat Botswana 24-5.

The final ranking of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens saw 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens champions South Africa claiming number one spot after beating Kenya 15-14 in the final played on Sunday.

Kenya who qualified for their second consecutive Olympic Games, despite being beaten by South Africa in the final of the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens in Monastir claim second spot on the rankings.

Third is 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens bronze winners Madagascar while Tunisia are fourth in Africa.

Uganda Senegal and Morocco are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively while Zimbabwe, Ghana and Zambia complete the top ten with Botswana and Mauritius ranked 11th and 12th respectively.

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