Rugby Rugby

Kenya to play Tunisia after CAR event pull-out


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 8- The withdrawal of Namibia and Morocco means only hosts Kenya and Tunisia will contest the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament in Nairobi.

The two teams therefore, earned byes to the final that will be played on Saturday.

“Namibia’s withdrawal is caused by lack of finances owing from the heavy financial commitment involved in preparing their side for the 2011 Rugby World Cup that was held in New Zealand,” Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chair, Mwangi Muthee said on Tuesday.

He added, “Morocco have cited administrative issues as the reason behind their withdrawal from the tournament.”

The 15-a-side CAR final will be held at Nairobi’s Rugby Football Union of East Africa grounds, the spiritual home of the sport in Kenya.

It will be preceded by a CAR Council Meeting on Friday to be addressed by the body’s chairman Abdelaziz Bougja who is in the country.

Kenya head coach, Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno will name his squad for the match on Wednesday morning.

Due to preparations for the continental tournament, Kenya failed as tradition to field two sides in the annual Safaricom Sevens international event that was won by the Samoan national team last weekend.