ZIMBABWE’S Sevens rugby, the Cheetahs team looks set to have a busy schedule this season ahead of their participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers after receiving another invite to feature in Safari Sevens set for October 2-4 in Nairobi, Kenya.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed the Cheetahs’ invitation on their official website yesterday together with that of HSBC World Sevens Series core sides Argentina and Portugal.
“Sevens World Series core team Argentina is among a host of teams that have confirmed their participation at the 20th edition of the Safari Sevens set for October 2-4 at the Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi.
“Another core side, Portugal, will also be at Kasarani in their quest for the Robin Cahill trophy while other sides of note that have confirmed participation include Kenya’s African rivals Zimbabwe and Uganda as well as European national sides Italy and Spain and Rio 2016 Olympic hosts Brazil,” KRU said in a statement.
Other top teams on the lineup include Uganda, the England Saxons and the England Sevens Development squad who will be making their debut at the tournament.
The Cheetahs are already expected scheduled to take part at the two-day Safland Windhoek Sevens in Namibia next week which gives head coach Danny Hondo two regional tournaments to prepare for the Olympic Qualifiers which will take place from November 14-16 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The Safari Sevens is one of the biggest Sevens tournaments on the continent and the biggest annual sporting event in East Africa.
Zimbabwe used to be a regular feature at the Safari Sevens in the past, reaching the final during the inaugural edition in 1996, as well as at the 2006 and 2007 editions.
The Cheetahs’ last participation in Kenya came in 2011 when they lost in the final of Plate competition.