Rugby Africa Vice-President Andrew Owor has, in a tweet on his personal account, announced today that the 2022 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Cup will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda.
The former Uganda Rugby Union president could not hide his joy as he revealed that fourteen nations will be travelling to the capital for the continental championship on April 23-24, 2022.
Eight nations, including the hosts Uganda, have already booked their slots for the event. They are Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and current holders Kenya.
They will be joined by four others; the top two teams from Regional Qualifier tournaments in the Central and Southern regions.
Kenya Shujaa won the event, which doubled as an automatic qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in 2019 in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens was not held in 2020 and 2021.
Uganda hosted and won the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens in 2017 at Legends Rugby Club. The victory earned the then defending champions a place at the Rugby World Cup in 2018.
This year’s event will double not only as a qualifier to the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa but also the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
All three medallists will qualify for a ticket to Cape Town for the World Cup on September 9-11 at the Cape Town Stadium while only the finalists will have booked their flight to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games on July 29-31 at the Coventry Stadium.