Once the Womens Africa cup sevens kicks off in September,the Kenya Lionesses will be going for nothing short of a berth at next year’s sevens world cup set for 20th to 22nd July 2018 in San Fransico,USA.
Speaking to Kenya Rugby, Lionesses head coach Kevin Wambua said that they know the importance of the Africa Cup Womens tournament and they won’t be taking any chances.
“We know have to win the African Cup Sevens if we want to play in the World Cup, that’s why its big for us. Our chances of winning it are as good as anyone else’s. The mood in camp right now is very healthy and everyone wants to put their best foot forward and represent Kenya with pride, win the Africa Cup and qualify for the World Cup…that’s our target.”
The Lionesses are set to come up against defending champions South Africa, hosts Tunisia, Uganda, Senegal, Madagascar, Namibia and Zimbabwe for the single slot of representing the continent at next year’s global showpiece.
Wambua said that if the team has belief they stand a good chance of making it keeping in mind that they narrowly fell to Soth Africa in the last edition.
“I believe we are capable of it…if you look at last year’s Africa Cup, we lost the final to South Africa by five points (17-22)…it’s just a matter of belief and decision making which let us down.
“I believe this time round with all our training and hard work, it’s just a matter of putting our mental right and putting our best foot forward…taking every game as a final..we just have to play and win. We are ready for that. I am pretty sure the girls will put up a good show..I am pretty sure we’re going to make it for the Rugby World Cup Sevens,” he added.
The womens Africa Cup sevens tournament will be played on the weekend of 16th and 17th September in Tunisia and it is set to double up as a world cup qualifier.