Namibia will play in the Rugby World Cup

The Namibian rugby team won the Rugby Africa Cup hands down on Sunday July 10 in Aix-en-Provence and is celebrating its qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. AFP - CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Text by: Cédric de Oliveira

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Easy winners of Kenya (36-0) in the final, the Namibians held their rank and won the Rugby Africa Cup yesterday, Sunday July 10, in Aix-en-Provence.

They will play the World Cup in France next year. 


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Land of the Brave,

 “Le pays des Braves” suggests the anthem of Namibia.

After the demonstration of the players from southern Africa against Kenya, it is difficult to contradict the words of composer Axali Doëseb.

The Namibians crushed their opponents, overwhelmed, from the start of the match to lead 15-0 at the break thanks to two tries from third row Wian Conradie. 

Impressive physically, Allister Coetzee's men left only crumbs for the Kenyans who suffered again after the break and saw Namibia go away on the scoreboard.

A few stacked penalties and two new tries, again signed Conradie (author of a hat-trick) and Johan Deysel, the ¾ center and captain, at the very end of the game and the score stopped at 36-0.

Implacable and logical as Namibia was the favorite of this final and the tournament.

We are obviously overwhelmed because it's never easy to assume your status

," said Coetzee, in office since last year, at the end of the match.


Mission accomplished!


Kenyans too limited

Kenyan captain Daniel Sikuta could only see the damage after the match, regretting his team's lack of accuracy: “ 

Every mistake on our part, Namibia took the opportunity to score, and we did a lot.

She managed to capitalize on that.

Their team was superior to ours, there is nothing to say.

For us, it is very difficult to accept collectively.

 » An acknowledgment of failure for the imposing


but his team did not find the explosiveness which allowed him to dismiss Uganda (42-7) then Algeria (36-33) to qualify in final. 

Conversely, Namibia will have dominated this Rugby Africa Cup head and shoulders.

Winners of Burkina Faso (71-5) then slightly jostled by Zimbabwe (34-19), those who are nicknamed the


(plants that grow in the Namibian desert) did not miss their appointment and will dispute their seventh consecutive World Cup.  

Namibia with France and the All Blacks

Apart from the untouchable South African world champions, they therefore confirm their hold on continental rugby.


We did what was expected of us.

Now we can look to this 2023 World Cup, an exciting prospect

 ,” said Coetzee.

For the former boss of the Springboks (2016-2018), “ 

it will be an honor to face New Zealand and France, which is the best in the world today”.

Also on the program for Namibia, Italy and Uruguay with the ambition “to win at least one match

 ” hopes captain Johan Deysel. 

For Kenya, badly beaten, nothing is lost but the task will still be difficult to return to France next year.

The Simbas will play a repechage tournament in November with three other countries: Portugal, the winner of the play-off between Tonga and Hong Kong (scheduled for July 23) and another team from the American continent. 

Algeria snatches 3rd place 

The “XV aux Deux Lions” concluded its tournament with another 20 to 12 victory against Zimbabwe, allowing it to finish 3rd.

What mitigate - a little - the defeat in the semi-final against Kenya on Wednesday.

The Algerian national team, which did not exist before 2015, confirms its progress and is now aiming for the 2027 World Cup. For its part, Uganda took 5th place after a victory in extremis against Côte d'Ivoire by Edgar Babou (18-17).

Finally, Senegal finished 7th in the Rugby Africa Cup thanks to its success over Burkina Faso 44 to 30. 


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