Rugby Africa Cup: Kenya and Namibia in Africa qualifying final

Kenyan winner Jone Kubu Tavaga (left) consoles Algerian Marvyn Youcef, who is disappointed to have missed the Rugby Africa Cup final.

July 06, 2022. AFP - CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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By winning respectively against Algeria and Zimbabwe in the semi-finals of the Rugby Africa Cup, Kenya and Namibia find themselves in the final to compete for the qualifying ticket to the 2023 World Cup.

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Namibia,

the big favorite of the tournament,

and Kenya qualified on Wednesday for the final of the African Zone qualifications for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the winner of which will join Pool A at the World Cup in France. 

During the first semi-final disputed in Marseille, Kenya won with difficulty 36-33 against Algeria, a young team, which only entered the world rankings last year.

“ 

It's a disappointment, we've lost three points... We're all disappointed because we've worked long and hard.

Everyone is really disappointed 

,” lamented the Senegalese Ousmane Mané, coach of Algeria.

In the other semi-final, Namibia had no trouble winning against Zimbabwe (34-19).

Sunday July 10 in Aix-en-Provence, the Namibians will start as favourites, on the strength of their participation in the last six editions of the World Cup.

The winner of the tournament will be placed in Pool A of the 2023 World Cup (September 8 - October 21) along with New Zealand, three-time world champion, France, host country, Italy and Uruguay.

This Algerian rugby team is in tears having just missed out on qualification to the final of the Africa Rugby Cup



Big turnout of Algerian supporters who all waited to applaud them off pic.twitter.com/nM4LQhZXkK

— Maher Mezahi (@MezahiMaher) July 6, 2022

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