RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Namibia to face Blue Bulls, Portugal in Rugby Africa Cup build-up

Namibia in action against Kenya. Photo Courtesy/Rugby Afrique.
Namibia in action against Kenya. PHOTO/Rugby Afrique

Africa champions Namibia are set to play against the Blue Bulls and Portugal in preparation for the 2024 Rugby Africa Cup, which will be held in Uganda.

The first match is scheduled for June 29, 2024, at the Hage Geingob Stadium, where Namibia’s team, the Welwitschias, will take on the Blue Bulls.

On July 13, 2024, Namibia will face Portugal at the same venue. This match will be the final warm-up for Namibia before the Rugby Africa Cup and features teams that competed in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Namibia’s preps

Namibia have already begun their preparations for these crucial matches as they gear up for the July International window.

Bethuel Anami tackles Namibian scrum-half. PHOTO/Bethuel Anami/Facebook.

Kenya Simbas Bethuel Anami takes a tackle when Kenya Simbas faced Namibia in Rugby Africa Cup. PHOTO/Bethuel Anami/Facebook

“Strap in for an epic ride as we amp up our training sessions for the clashes ahead against the Vodacom Blue Bulls next week and Portugal in July! Our preparation is firing on all cylinders, gearing up for exhilarating showdowns. Stay tuned as we aim to turn sweat into success on the field!” Namibia confirmed via a statement.

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The Rugby Africa Cup will kick off on July 20 at the Mandela National Stadium in Nambole, Kampala. In the first quarterfinal, Namibia will face Burkina Faso. Meanwhile, Kenya Simbas are set to face Senegal in the second quarterfinal.

Namibia Players celebrate winning Africa Cup 15s. Photo Courtesy/Rugby Africa.

Namibia Players celebrate winning Africa Cup 15s. Photo Courtesy/Rugby Africa.

Other quarterfinal matchups include Algeria taking on Ivory Coast, and Zimbabwe Sables paired with Uganda.

The winner of the Kenya Simbas-Senegal match will advance to the semifinals, where they will play against the winner of the Algeria-Ivory Coast quarterfinal on Wednesday, July 24.

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