In Summary
  • Feeney said the qualifier was won back in Kenya where the team went through 11 weeks of hard work, determination and discipline
  • Kenya had last won the diadem in 2015 while Uganda lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017 before Zimbabwe in 2018
  • Skipper Andrew Amonde opened the assault on Uganda after he cashed in on a penalty at the 22 metre zone before slicing through the middle to land

Kenya Sevens head coach Paul Feeney has hailed his team’s astute defence and attack that saw them prevail against their continental rivals in South Africa to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Oscar Dennis scored two of Kenya’s five tries to see them crush Uganda Cranes 31-0 at the Bosman Stadium to qualify for the Olympics and also recapture the Africa Cup title.

Kenya, who led 14-0 at the break, touched down five tries and three conversions for their second Olympic Summer Games after their appearance at Rio 2016 where rugby returned after 92 years.

Feeney said the qualifier was won back in Kenya where the team went through 11 weeks of hard work, determination and discipline.

“Good defence and attack just complemented the work we did in Nairobi where Safari Sevens victory brought in confidence,” said Feeney. “We scored many points and only conceded four tries in six games...its feels good for the boys and the country.”

Kenya beat Cote D'Ivoire 36-7 in the qualifying round before dispatching Senegal 50-0, Namibia 33-0 and Uganda 24-7 in Pool “B” outing. They then dispatched Madagascar 40-14 in the semi-finals before whacking Uganda again 31-0 in the final for the fifth Africa Cup Sevens title.

Kenya had last won the diadem in 2015 while Uganda lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017 before Zimbabwe in 2018.

WORK IN PROGRESS

However, Feeney said they still have a lot of work to do ahead of the start of the 2019/20 World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai on December 5-7 and Cape Town on December 13-15 respectively.

“We need to improve basically on everything- our ball handling, set-pieces, conditioning, attack and defence ahead of the Series,” said Feeney.

Shujaa have been handed South Africa, England and Spain in Pool “D” in Dubai.

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