Simbas to face Morocco in Rugby Africa Cup opener


Simbas to face Morocco in Rugby Africa Cup opener
Simon Muniafu (L) and Samson Onsumu (R) of Kenya Simbas tackle Thomas Lamboley of Hong Kong during their second test match at RFUEA grounds on August 26, 2017. Hong Kong won 43-33. Photo/Stafford Ondego Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The Simbas will start their 2020 Rugby Africa fixtures on Saturday May 30 at home against Morocco
  • The two are in Group B alongside the winner of the Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda match that will take place on November 23 in Ivory Coast

The Simbas will start their 2020 Rugby Africa fixtures on Saturday May 30 at home against Morocco.

The two are in Group B alongside the winner of the Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda match that will take place on November 23 in Ivory Coast.

Earlier this year, Rugby Africa announced the new 2019/2020 format that sees all the invited 16 Nations competing for the overall Rugby Africa Cup title.

The tournament will take place in three phases: Knockout round, Group Round and the Final Round.

The knockout round will take place on the 23rd, 30th November and 1st December:

 

November 23: Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda in Côte d’Ivoire

November 23: Ghana vs Botswana in Ghana

November 30: Senegal vs Mauritius in Senegal

December 1: Madagascar vs Nigeria in Madagascar

The Group round will then kick off six months later on 30th May to 4th July 2020. The twelve teams have been divided into four Groups:

 

Group A: Namibia, Zambia, Winner of the match Madagascar vs Nigeria

Group B: Kenya, Morocco, Winner of the match Côte d’Ivoire vs Rwanda

Group C: Uganda, Algeria, Winner of the match Senegal vs Mauritius

Group D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Winner of the match Ghana vs Botswana

 

On May 30, the Simbas host Morocco in the first Group B match, the second Group match will be held in Morocco where the hosts will welcome either Côte d’Ivoire or Rwanda.

The last Group B fixture is scheduled for 27th June when The Simbas will head to Côte d’Ivoire or Rwanda.

 

The final round will be held on 29th July and 1st August in a single venue that is yet to be confirmed.

On July 29, the Group A winner will face the group D winner in the first semi-final followed by the Group B winner taking on the Group C winner in the second semifinal.

The Bronze and final matches will take place on the 1st of August.

 

Kenya Simbas 2020 RA Cup Fixtures:

Morocco (Home) – May 30

Côte d’Ivoire or Rwanda (Away) – June 27

-Report by KRU 

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