Kenya Secures Qualification for Paris 2024 Olympic Games in Rugby Sevens

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Kenya’s national rugby sevens team, known as the Shujaa, has clinched their ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after a thrilling victory at the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens 2023 tournament in Harare. This remarkable achievement makes Kenya the ninth men’s team to confirm their participation in the prestigious event.

In an intense final showdown, Kenya faced off against the pre-tournament favorites, South Africa, and emerged victorious with a final score of 17-12. The tension in the match was palpable as the Shujaa secured their place in the Olympic Games, setting off jubilant celebrations among players and fans alike.

Kenya’s path to qualification was nothing short of impressive. Coach Kevin Wambua’s confidence in his team’s abilities proved well-founded as they navigated their way through the competition. The Shujaa dominated their opponents in the initial stages of the tournament, topping Pool B with convincing victories over Zambia, Namibia, and Nigeria.

The quarter-finals saw Kenya’s unwavering determination as they defeated Burkina Faso with a commanding score of 26-0. The semi-finals witnessed another stellar performance from the Shujaa, as they secured a 35-10 victory over the host nation, Zimbabwe, solidifying their spot in the final.

Facing a formidable South African team in the championship match, Kenya displayed their resilience and skill. Patrick Odongo’s early lead set the tone, but they trailed 12-7 at halftime following tries from Selvyn Davids and Christie Grobbelaar of South Africa. However, the Shujaa rallied in the second half, with Odongo scoring once again to level the scores. The defining moment came when John Okoth scored the try that sealed Kenya’s qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

For South Africa and Uganda, who secured third place with a 24-12 victory over Zimbabwe in the bronze medal match, the dream of Olympic participation is still alive. Both teams have earned a spot in the Olympic repechage tournament, offering them another opportunity to secure a place at the prestigious Paris Games.

Kenya’s triumph in Harare not only highlights the team’s exceptional talent but also underscores their resilience and determination on the international rugby sevens stage. As they prepare to represent their nation on the grand Olympic stage in 2024, the Shujaa will undoubtedly be a team to watch, carrying the hopes and aspirations of their country with them.


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