Kenya 7's Rugby team, shujaa
Kenya 7's Rugby team, shujaa

Zimbabwe pulled an upset by defeating title holders and hot favorites Kenya by a 17-5 margin to lift the Main Cup of the Africa Men’s Sevens Championship in a final played at the Kennel Stadium in Monastir, Tunisia, today. Zimbabwe got the first try and converted for a 7-0 lead. Kenya responded with a try but Daniel Taabu’s conversion went horribly wide to take the game to 5-7  at the break. On resumption, Zimbabwe got a try to take a 5-12 lead.  The Zimbabweans did not give the Kenyans any breathing space in the second half and they sealed victory via one last try, to lift the trophy by a 17-5 win.

Earlier, Zimbabwe had to leave it late to over-come the stubborn Ugandans in the semis by a 24-19 scoreline, in extra time. The game had ended at a 19-19 tie in regulation time. In their semi-final fixture, Shujaa thumped Madagascar 36-5. Uganda won Bronze by smacking Madagascar 24-19 in the playoff.

Final Ranking of Teams:

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Kenya
  3. Uganda
  4. Madagascar
  5. Zambia
  6. Tunisia
  7. Morocco
  8. Senegal
  9. Namibia
  10. Ghana
  11. Botswana
  12. Mauritius