Philip Wokorach Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Philip Wokorach Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

With less than three weeks left until kickoff of the Africa Sevens Championship, the Uganda Rugby Union, sponsors and host club Legends Rugby Club launched the tournament Tuesday morning.

The Uganda Rugby Union and Legends had earlier been entangled in a dispute regarding the tournament hosting rights but it was later revealed the club would host the event.

National Sevens team manager Michael Wandera confirmed the team of 12 players that will travel to Germany for the Oktoberfest as well as the reserves expected to join the final team for the African Championship.

Team captain Eric Kasiita and his assistant Philip Wokorach will lead the African champions in a bid to defend the title won last year in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

Uganda defeated Namibia 38-19 in the cup final to be crowned Africa Cup Sevens champions at the Moi Kasarani Safaricom Stadium last year.

The Rugby Cranes’ year of glory featured defeating giants and hosts Kenya 17-12 in the semifinals.

Uganda had earlier stunned 2015 losing finalists Zimbabwe 19-14 en-route to lifting the 12-team tournament.

Namibia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia and Ghana are some of the countries expected to grace the occasion in Kampala.

The 2017 tournament will serve as a qualifier for the Hong Kong Sevens qualifier tournament from which two teams compete for a chance to gain core status in the 2018 World Rugby Sevens series.

It is also a qualifier for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

The top two common wealth countries will also earn a place at next year’s Common Wealth Games in Australia.

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