LAUSANNE, SwitzerlandAPO Group, the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, has announced an exclusive strategic distribution partnership with Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications. The partnership will bring the Rugby Africa Gold Cup competition to almost one million Getty Images customers. The Gold Cup is Rugby Africa’s flagship competition. It gathers the best six teams on the continent (Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Tunisia) and matches are played in a league format, with the final match taking place on 18th August. The winner of the tournament will book a place at the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019, so the stakes are high. “Sports coverage is the company’s DNA so it is e
CAPE TOWN, South Africa During the Saturday 30th June match, Namibia’s Welwitschias beat their opponents Morocco’s Atlas Lions 63-07, to earn 15 points in the competition. After seven minutes, Johannes Coetzee opened the scoreboard with a try, forcing his way inside Morocco’s defence. Cliven Lousber converted successfully. Three minutes later, Vice-captain Pieter-Jan Van Lill doubled the lead with an impressive breakthrough before grounding the ball between the posts. He was then imitated by one of Namibia’s best men on the pitch, Janco Venter. The game was one-sided and the teams went back to their changing rooms with the visitors leading 35-0. After the half-time break, Morocco looked more decided to take them on. With a more compact defence, Hocine Arabat’s teammate
ACCRA, GhanaThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU - Ghana Rugby) has announced the fixtures of the 2018 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Sevens Tournament. The tournament will be played in a format similar to the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series with 12 men’s and six women’s sevens teams competing in three men’s and two women’s pools on Saturdays from the end of June to end of August 2018. According to Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, the GRCC Sevens will provide both players and spectators with lots of excitement and indeed fun. “Sevens Rugby has become a popular format of the Game of Rugby due to its fast pace and shorter game time and the GRCC Sevens will be a spectacle not to be missed. We invite everybody to open up thei
HARARE, ZimbabweZimbabwe taking on Morocco, the side recently promoted from Silver to Gold group was the opener for this year Africa Gold Cup. The Africa Gold Cup this year, 2018, is also working as Japan 2019 World Cup qualifiers. The match ended in a peculiar 23 all draw. Zimbabwe are rejuvenated under a new coach, Peter De Villiers, who has an impressive curriculum vitae that includes winning the Tri-Nations tournament as Springboks coach in 2009 in which New Zealand and Australia were the other two teams for the Boks to beat. This match was Peter De Villiers first competitive match since taking on the Zimbabwean job. Morocco, on the other hand, were an unknown quantity, as they have not featured in Gold Cup since it started in 2017 and videos of any of their recent games were...
DUBLIN, Ireland Defending champions Namibia were the big winners on the opening day of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018, their 55-6 defeat of Uganda in Windhoek comfortably putting them in pole position in the race to qualify as Africa 1 for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.The nine-try Namibians, chasing a sixth successive qualification for the World Cup and a spot in Pool B alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner, stole a big round one march on Zimbabwe, the 1987 and 1991 qualifiers who were held to a 23-23 draw by Morocco in Harare. Zimbabwe spurned the chance to clinch the win in former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’ first game in charge after missing a last-gasp penalty, an error that left Phil Davies’ impressive, bonus-point
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.
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaAfrica’s early stage investor community will convene on November 11th and 12th, 2018 for the 5th Africa Early Stage Investor Summit . This exclusive investor-only event unites key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals. For the second consecutive year, the Summit will be hosted at Workshop17 in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. This year, the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit is set to kick off Cape Town’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, encompassing a number of leading industry events and numerous networking opportunities. The Summit organizers Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A) and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) have partnered
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