Kenya Shujaa win Safari Sevens International Championship
Kenya Shujaa have won the Safari Sevens International Championship, which ended yesterday in the East African country. Nigeria’s Stallions, who lost against Germany, Zimbabwe and Kenya Shujaa in the opening games of the two-day invitational championship, also lost their final games yesterday to Chipu (19-0) and 19 to 14 to South Africa’s All Stars.
Players’ representative in the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) board, and ex Stallions captain, Azeez Ladipo, said the outcome of the competition was not what the country expected.
“This is not the results we wanted, but it is good to be back playing after a two-year lay- off. Thanks to our friends @officialkru @safari7s for the invite.
“Big thanks to all Stallions 7s players involved. Now, we regroup and return stronger than ever. This is the first international championship Nigeria’s Stallions will be taking part in after a long break forced by COVID-19 restrictions last year,” he said.
Nigeria attended the Kenya Safari Championship, which had 12 teams, to show Rugby Africa that it is ready to get back to the international circuit any time the ban placed on the country by Rugby Africa is lifted.
Nigeria Stallions officials said the team’s performance at the tourney was commendable owing to the fact that they played against teams that have been training together and are well sponsored and motivated to give their best.
The coaches noted that the Nigerian team, put together within a short period, have the ability to excel in more international engagements if well managed and sponsored.”
NRFF President, Dr. Ademola Are, said Nigeria competed at the tourney to gain more experience and exposure from other international teams after a long break.
Nigeria Stallions were drawn in Pool A alongside Germany, Zimbabwe and top seed Kenya Shujaa, at the Kenya Safari Sevens Tournament.
The team’s technical crew was led by Coach Gbenga Adeniran, James Eakyns served as team manager, while Gerald O. was the physiotherapist.