Kenya 7s players warm down in Tunisia. [Photo Courtesy]

Zimbabwe downs Kenya 7s to lift Africa 7s title


Zimbabwe have won the Africa Men’s 7s title after a 17-5 victory over Kenya 7s in the final staged in Tunisia on Sunday 14 October.
This was the third Africa 7s meeting between Kenya and Zimbabwe in the finals of the Africa Mens 7s since 2013.
Past neetings
They met in the 2013 finals that were hosted in Mombasa and Kenya won 24-19. The second meeting came in 2015 finals staged in Johannesburg and Kenya once again won 19-17.
In the opening half of the match, Zimbabwe stood tall despite being numerically disadvantage and they took  lead courtesy of a converted try by Shingirai Katsvere. Brian Wahinya responded with unconverted try and Kenya went to the break trailing for the first time in the competition.
Second half
In the second half, Takudzwa Kumadiro scored an unconverted try for Zimbabwe to stretch the lead. Tafadzwa Chitokwindo then went over the final try try that denied outgoing Kenya 7s coach Innocent Simiyu  perfect send off.
With Kenya already taking part in the World 7s Series, Zimbabwe have earned a chance to play in the Dubai and Cape Town.
Hong Kong 7s
The side will also play at Hong Kong 7s alongside Uganda as they chase for a chance to play as a core team.
In the third playoffs, Uganda beat Madagascar 24-19. Madagascar stroke at the first minute to lead 7-0. Philip Wokorach scored and converted his own try at the sixth minute and tied the scores at 7-7.
Madagascar’s John Miguel went in the dying minutes of the opening half and went to the break leading 12-7.
In the final half, Wokorach grabber kick saw the Ugandans lose possesion and they were punished with a converted try.
The Kabras RFC, however, mended for his earlier mistake by handing Uganda a converted try and cut the gap to five points. Justin Kimono tied the scores with a unconverted try at the corner flag and send the play to the extra time.
In the extra time, spirited Madagascar were reduced to six men and Uganda scored through Kasito Adrian to finish third.
Third placer
Uganda 24-18 Madagascar
Fifth place
Zambia 24-19 Tunisia
Seventh
Senegal 26-24 Morocco

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