Gaborone — The Botswana men's sevens national team has been handed a tough draw against four-time champions Kenya and 2012 runner-up Morocco in Pool A of the 2018 Rugby Africa Sevens Championships. The tournament will be held in Monastir, Tunisia from October 13-14.
The secretary general of Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) Ernest Mantsi explained that the Vultures, which were under the tutelage of Andrew Paxinos and Kabo Batsile had spent the past month preparing for the competition, including participating in a friendly tournament in Rustenburg, South Africa earlier this month.
Mantsi further said the team competed in the Klerksdorp 7s tournament over the weekend, which was their last preparatory competition before going to Tunisia.
The Vultures will take on Kenya in their opening match of the tournament, with Paxinos' team looking to perform better than last year, where they failed to win a single match in Pool B. They scrapped into the quarterfinals after managing a single point from a 14-14 draw against Mauritius and defeats against Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.
In the quarterfinals, they were thumped 33-0 by eventual champions Uganda and also went on to lose the fifth place classification match 27-12 against Senegal.
Defending champions Uganda will play against Senegal and Ghana in Pool B, while Pool C comprise of last year's runner-up Zimbabwe, hosts Tunisia and Mauritius. Madagascar, Namibia, and Zambia make up Pool D.
Meanwhile, BRU has released a provisional list of 27 players, which will be reduced to a final 12-man squad before the team's departure.
The 27-man provisional squad comprises of the following players: Tafadzwa Ncube, Mpho Rramorweenyane, Ronan McGann, Rambo Masalila, Ishmael Pelaelo, Thabang Moepi, Dent Patrick, Masego Moalosi, Batho Pofelo, Tshoganetso Katse, Mzwandile Munyamane, Roberto Phobe, Kitso Matija, Ketshidile Matenanga, Alphious Mokotedi, Kagiso Molefhi, Prince Chinga, Mpho Yezo, Stanley Simon, Kabelo Sebabi, Thabang Diphera, Phenyo Motlalekgosi, Letlhogile Tsheko, Neil Landsberg, Kaelo Mogotsi and Koorapetse Lesotlho.
Source : BOPA