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By beating Senegal, the Algerian selection won its ticket to the semi-finals of this competition, the winner of which will qualify for the 2023 World Cup. It will be opposed to Kenya, while Namibia and Zimbabwe will face each other in a a duel that promises to be explosive.
For the first time in its history, the Rugby Africa Cup, which brings together the best African nations, is taking place in France, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Two meetings took place in Marseille on Friday 1is July, in a Pierre-Delort stadium which sounded very empty, and two others on Saturday July 2 in Aix-en-Provence, where the public had come in greater numbers, in particular to support Senegal and Algeria. The latter signed a resounding result by beating Senegal. The semi-finals will see Namibia take on Zimbabwe and Algeria take on Kenya.
Favorite of the tournament, the Namibian team easily disposed of Burkina Faso, a team made up of amateur players who were playing for the first time in the African Cup of Nations. Present at the six World Cups, Namibia intends to participate in the next edition organized in France. She relies on a powerful pack led by the stirring hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld, author of three tries against the Burkinabè.
Les Sables were impressive against Ivory Coast, who could not match the power of the forwards and the speed of the three-quarters. This team is based on very strong individuals, like the back Tapiwa Mafura. Zimbabwe dreams of playing a World Cup again, their last participation dating back to 1991. To achieve this, they will have to take up a very tough challenge against Namibians who are determined to play a 7e Consecutive World Cup.
The Simbas can rely on a talented rugby sevens team that has been shining on the international circuit for many years. The athletic qualities of Kenyan players are feared and the rugby union team thrives on many of these nuggets. Kenya have already won the Rugby Africa Cup twice, in 2011 and 2013. And they hope to be able to win this competition again, after easily beating Uganda in the quarter-finals.
The “Petit Poucet” of the competition intends to continue his journey in this African Cup of Nations. Against Senegal, the team demonstrated a good ability to react after a difficult first half. She knows that she will have to go better in her match against Kenya, which will impose a formidable physical challenge. She will have a major advantage for this semi-final disputed in Marseille: a stadium in her favor.