NAIROBI, August 31 – The next Confederation of Africa Rugby under-19 rugby championship may be hosted in Kenya.
Speaking after the just concluded championship in Tunisia, Kenya team manger Oliver Kituyi, said the CAR president Aziz Bougja, had mentioned that either Kenya or Zimbabwe could host the next tournament.
Bougja is said to have been impressed by Kenya’s overall technical improvement in the one-week event, which attracted six countries.
Namibia edged out Zimbabwe 21-18 on Saturday night to retain the car under-19 championships.
Hosts Tunisia finished third with a comfortable 23-0 win over North African neighbors Morocco while Kenya rallied from 0-10 down to beat Cote d’Ivoire 17-15 to finish fifth.
QUINS SHIFT FOCUS
Meanwhile, Kenya Harlequins are now turning their attention to these weekends knock-out Zain Enterprise Cup tournament set for Saturday at the Kenya Rugby Union of East Africa Grounds.
Quins are fresh from winning the Kenya Cup league title after beating three time winners KCB, 29-17 and end the bankers’ three year reign.
The bankers will rue missed chances in the opening 15 minutes, which proved crucial even though they dominated the second half. Peter Mutai kicked wide a penalty for KCB after only 14 seconds of the game and missed another in the second minute as KCB came out with their guns blazing.
Mutai’s third attempt on the quarter hour lacked power. Upto this time, KCB superbly controlled the game and confined Quins in their half. Lewis Olaka and Anthony Ogot fought for supremacy in the line outs.
In the last quarter, Quins took control of the game. A good drive by the forwards ended in a try by Vincent Ong’era in the 33rd minute. Jude Thumbi converted as Quins led 18-0 at half time.
Six minutes later, Frankline Amiani brought the game to KCB’s reach driving over for a try which Mutai again converted to reduce the lead to 18-14 in Quins favour.
A speculative drop goal by Thumbi in the 60th minute saw Quins establish a narrow 21-14 lead because Mutai added a penalty from infront of the posts to reduce the lead to 21-17.
But Thumbi extended the lead in the 70th minute before super substitute Allan Makaka who replaced Ben Weru scored a try in the 78th minute, which sent the fans in a frenzy.