The Fantastic Four are back ! – Of all the Africa Cups, this is without a doubt the most impressive one ! The Africa Cup 1A is the ultimate completion for the best African teams ; a showcase of the best Africa has to offer. In 2018, the Africa Cup 1A will also serve as the last round of the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers when the final top four African teams will compete for a ticket to Japan. But for now, the group of the Fantastic Four will be made of :
Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya
The various matches of the 1A Cup are spaced out over July and beginning of August. During this intense month, the teams will play three matches each. The winner will be determined among accumulated points.
The bottom team will be relegated in a group B. It will only have one opportunity in 2017 to go back up in a group A and still stand a chance to qualify for the World Cup 2019. The stakes over the next three years are therefore huge for our teams. Namibia, regular customer of the World Cup undoubtedly wishes to repeat their performance after their good show in London in 2015. Zimbabwe and Kenya, always very close to a qualification don’t want to miss their chance again. And will Uganda, just back in group A, be up to it ?
The match of this Saturday, July 2nd should give us a foretaste. Indeed, Uganda winner of the 2015’s group B and Namibia last participants to the World Cup 2015, will meet for a fierce opening game !