Uganda celebrates after beating Madagascar to top Africa 7s in Mauritius

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Aaron Ofoywroth landed the opener at the right corner after beating his markers on the wing.

In the second half, Madagascar kicked quickly for a try that reduced the deficit to 17-12.

Uganda then engineered two tries from Norbert Okenyi and Timothy Kisiga. Philip Wokorach was on hand to convert both to give Uganda a 31-12 win.

Uganda finished undefeated in the tournament after six matches.

The Rugby Cranes’ success sets the stage for the second round next weekend at the same venue.

The top teams from both rounds qualify for the 2025 World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challengers Series, excluding Kenya and South Africa.


Madagascar could have pulled back after earning possession, but they lost the ball, and Uganda quickly launched an attack.

Uganda 7s Nobert Okeny tries to offload. PHOTO/@UgandaRugby

Uganda 7s Nobert Okeny tries to offload. PHOTO/@UgandaRugby

Timothy Kisiga sidestepped his marker before passing to Adrian Kasito for a try, which Philip Wokorach converted, giving Uganda a 12-0 lead.

The Makis responded with a kick and chase, cutting the gap to 12-5. A switch in play saw Philip Wokorach put Ofoywroth through for Uganda’s third try.

After the break, Madagascar hit back with a converted try, bringing their total to 12 points. However, Okeny managed to beat the defense and score a try, pushing Uganda’s lead to 24-12.

Kisiga then dived over for a try that put the game beyond the Makis, who had enjoyed massive comebacks throughout the competition. Wokorach converted for a final score of 31-12.

Uganda, seeking to qualify for the 2025 World Challenger Series, will be keen to carry this form into next weekend’s tournament to secure overall victory.

Kenya Morans join fellow captain in the Africa Men's 7s captains shoot. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/Facebook

Kenya Morans join fellow captain in the Africa Men’s 7s captains shoot. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/Facebook

South Africa settled for third place after a massive 35-7 win. After a cagey first half, SA scored 22 points in the second half to secure the win.

The teams now shift focus to next weekend, where they will battle for the second leg and the decider.


Quarterfinal Matches:

Uganda (5) 10-10 (0) Ivory Coast (after extra-time)

Kenya Morans 7-12 South Africa

Zimbabwe Cheetahs 21-24 Burkina Faso

Madagascar 12-5 Mauritius

Ninth places semis –

Zambia 28-21 Algeria

Nigeria 19-5 Tunisia

Fifth place semis 

Ivory Coast 7-22 Kenya

Zimbabwe Cheetahs 42-7 Mauritius

Cup semis 

Uganda 12-0 South Africa

Burkina Faso 19-24 Madagascar AET


11th place

Algeria 10-14 Tunisia

Ninth Place

Zambia 22-7  Nigeria

7th place 

Ivory Coast 24-19 Mauritius

Fifth place

Kenya 19-28 Zimbabwe

Third place  

South Africa 35-7 Burkina Faso


Uganda 31-12 Madagascar


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