The Quarterfinal pairings for the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup have been known ahead of the competition which will determine the team that will feature in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Uganda and Algeria joined Kenya Simbas, Senegal, Namibia and Ivory Coast who qualified last weekend after completing their Pool C matches.
Uganda topped pool C despite a 22-16 loss to Algeria at Kyadondo. They head to the 2022 qualifiers as Pool C winners with six points having earlier whipped Ghana 53-12 in the opener.
Cranes will face Kenya Simbas in the fourth Quarterfinal match in 2022. Kenya Simbas reached the quarters after grabbing the second spot in pool B. Paul Odera charges thrashed Zambia 45-8 to pick the first win in 2021 which earned them five points having scored more than four tries.
They had collected a losing bonus point in the defeat to Senegal hence ending their pool matches with six points.
Pool C runner’s up Algeria will have a date with Senegal in the 2022 quarterfinals. Senegal qualified for the quarters as Pool B table-toppers after registering a 100% win record. The side finished top with eight points after a 20-19 win over Kenya Simbas and a 20-5 against Zambia.
Despite going down to Ivory Coast in Pool A opener, Namibia proceeded to the quarters as Pool winners. The Welwitschias reached the last eight thanks to their 52-10 win over Madagascar which earned them five points. Namibia edged Ivory Coast to the top spot due to superior point difference.
The side will now face Pool D runners up in the first quarter-final as they seek to qualify for the World Cup for the seventh time in a row.
Ivory Coast suffered a loss to Madagascar last weekend but picked a losing bonus point in the defeat. The Elephants ended their pool A campaign with five points having earlier beaten Namibia to collect four points. Madagascar managed four points in the pool.
The Elephants will tackle Pool D winners in the 2022 quarters. Pool D has been reduced to a two-team competition after an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Tunisia meant that the tournament, originally pencilled in for the seaside town of Monastir from July 7-17, was cancelled. Zimbabwe Sables have a greater chance of proceeding as Pool D winners having whipped Burkina Faso 101-3 in the first leg clash.
Pool A: Namibia, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire (hosted in Abidjan Ivory Coast)
Pool B: Kenya, Senegal, Zambia (hosted in Kenya)
Pool C: Uganda, Algeria Ghana (hosted in Kampala, Uganda)
Pool D: Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso
Fixtures and results
Saturday 3 July 2021
Pool A: Namibia 13-24 Ivory Coast – Abidjan
Pool B: Kenya Simbas 19-20 Senegal -Nairobi
Wednesday 7 July 2021
Pool A: Namibia 52-10 Madagascar -Abidjan
Pool B: Senegal 20-5 Zambia – Nairobi
Saturday 10 July
Pool C: Uganda Cranes 53-12 Ghana -Kampala
Sunday 11 July
Pool A: Ivory Coast 19–24 Madagascar – Abidjan
Pool B: Kenya Simbas 45-8 Zambia – Nairobi
Wednesday 14 July 2021
Pool C: Ghana 22-20 Algeria – Kampala
Sunday 18 July 2021
Pool C: Uganda 16-22 Algeria-
Pool D: Burkina Faso 3-101 Zimbabwe Sables -Harare
21 July 2021
Pool D: Zimbabwe vs Burkina Faso
2022 Rugby Africa Cup (World Cup qualifiers)
Quarterfinal 1: Namibia vs Zimbabwe/Burkina Faso
Quarterfinal 2: Zimbabwe/Burkina Faso vs Ivory Coast
Quarterfinal 3: Senegal vs Algeria
Quarterfinal 4: Uganda Cranes vs Kenya Simbas
Winner QF1vs Winner QF2
Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4