LUSAKA, ZambiaOn a calm and chilly Saturday 9th June, 2018 afternoon in Lusaka, Zambia, expectant rugby fans flocked to the Chester Dean Arena at the Showgrounds to watch the much anticipated game dubbed "Battle of the Zambezi" as hosts Zambia faced neighbours Zimbabwe in an annual showpiece. In an interview before the game, Head Coach Lawrence Njovu of Zambia was babbling with confidence. He said, "The boys have gone through their paces, each one knows what they need to do in order to get the job done". He added that his charges were not under pressure despite having lost to Zimbabwe in Harare 2017. He further said the fact that the game was being played when the Zambian rugby league was almost half way through made his job easier as most players were at their peak and a...
ACCRA, GhanaThe President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, has invited Mr Stuart Aimer, Strength and Conditioning (S&C) coach of London Scottish FC, to Ghana to assess and “fix” the conditioning of the Ghana Rugby national team, the Ghana Eagles. This move follows closely on the just ended 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup that was hosted and won by Ghana Rugby on the Nduom Sports Stadium pitch in Elmina on 12th May 2018 when they beat Mauritius by 23 points to 17. According to Mensah, the narrow victory highlighted to him that the real work only starts now and that the Ghana team was far from ready to meet its next challenges. “It was evident that the Ghana Eagles not only lacked basic skills and techniques but that the conditioning of the players was far from ideal.
GABORONE, Botswana Nine teams have converged at Avani Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana for the Africa Women’s 7s tournament which was held on the 26th and 27th May 2018 at the National Stadium. In terms of rugby particularly by women players, it capped off a month focusing on women empowerment and advocacy The two day event saw Kenya, who was clear favorites get crowned queens of Africa women’s rugby 7s in the absence of defending champions South Africa. It was the hosts Botswana Vultures who won the hearts of locals after winning one game on Day one against Madagascar and drawing five all against Zambia. On Day two, the locals inexperience at such a level proved their downfall as they lost consecutively against Tunisia and Senegal only to redeem themselves against Zambia ag
NAIROBI, KenyaThe Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament which was held in Gaborone, Botswana saw the ladies defeat the next door neighbours Uganda Cranes 29-7 in the Africa Womens7s final The winner of “Africa Women’s Sevens” is the 2018 African Champion and is automatically qualified to the Sevens World Cup to be held in 2018 in San Francisco (USA). Three speed stars, Janet Okello, Sinaida Aura and Linet Moraa all went over the whitewash with Grace Adhiambo booting in three conversions to handing the Lionesses the long awaited Title. Aura and Okello landed two tries each as Moraa scored one try. The ladies finished their day one without conceding a single try as they beat Senegal and Madagascar 41-0 and 42-0 respectively to finish top in the ranking table. Day two saw
MIDRAND, South AfricaThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is strengthening the capacity of Africa Legislators to address food security and nutrition challenges on the continent. Evidence has shown that food security and nutrition policies and frameworks that are anchored in legislation are more effective and sustainable This follows a Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) signed between FAO and Pan Africa Parliament titled “Strengthening capacities of Parliamentarians in Africa for an enabling environment for Food Security and Nutrition”, last October 2017. Various stakeholders, including Members of the Pan African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA – FSN) and a delegation from the FAO gathered in Midrand, South Africa fo
DURBAN, South AfricaMore than half of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) population could be living in urban areas by 2050 posing huge challenges for poor towns and cities, which already face challenges such as poverty and inequalities. These are coupled with growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in a context of high vulnerability to climate change. In preparation for the challenges attendant to rapid urbanization, some SSA local authorities have started implementing initiatives that improve food security and nutrition through ‘city to city’ collaboration and South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC). These initiatives will see all actors in the food chain, including, consumers, producers, processors, traders and retailers, acquiring new skills and opportunities through th
Antananarivo, Madagascar: Kasirye Alex/kmaupdates Uganda giants KCCA FC arrived in Antananarivo, Madagascar for the preparations of the preliminary round match of the CAF Champions League against local Champions CNaPs Sport. KCCA FC has been improving over years in the inter-continental ties, eventually, putting up a tight competition against former Champions Mamelodi Sundown in the first round of last season Champions League, slightly losing out on a 3:2 aggregate to late the defending Champions through to the group stages, nevertheless, finally making it to the group stages of CAF Confederation Cup after eliminating Egypt’s Al Masry. According to KCCA FC manager, Mike Hillary Mutebi, his target is to reach this season CAF Champions’ League group stages. However, he never u