Kenya Lionesses hunt for World Cup slot as they host Colombia

The Kenya women’s national 15s rugby side, Kenya Lionesses, will today host Colombia in a Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi, at 3 pm.

The play-off had been slated for April 2020 but was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenya must show their prowess to overcome its South American opponent to proceed to the next stage. Lionesses’ latest build-up matches ended in disappointment.

Last week, they lost 66-0 in the first match to Springbok women of South Africa and 29-22 in the second match. In July, they suffered a back-to-back loss to Madagascar (27-15) and (10-0).

Lionesses coach Felix Oloo is optimistic that his team will produce stellar performance and overcome their opponent.

“Getting beaten by South Africa was probably a blessing in disguise because it creates more hunger amongst the players leading up to the Colombia game which is that we have to win,” said Oloo.

“We know their strengths and they know ours as well and both of us are working hard to see who can out-smart the other,” he added.

The winner will proceed to the final qualification tournament slated for early next year, where it will meet Samoa, a team from Asia and Europe.

The winner at the final qualification will then advance to the World Cup to be held in New Zealand.

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