On the day that Uganda celebrated her 59th independence, the Federation of African University sports organized brought excitement and color to the Makerere region in the capital Kampala as it kicked off the 2ndkings of Africa Rugby 7s championship.
The University sports Rugby tournament made an emphatic entertaining start to the affairs of the day with teams from 10 universities across Africa in the men’s and women’s pool to took to the grounds to battle it out for a place at the the first-ever FISU University World Cup Rugby Sevens which will be held in Kazan, Russiawhere eight men’s and eight women’s teams will compete for the University World Cup crown.
On the grounds famously known to locals as the Graveyard, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Tech and University of Johannesburg drew first blood with UJ basketball running away 07-29 winners. It was a white wash for Kabale University who were downed 0-40 by Dayster University. Stellenbouch University beat hosts Makerere University 38 – 00 while fellow locals Makerere University Business School was given a bye to conclude the first-round robin matches in the men’s game.
Following an impressive run in the qualifying rounds, teams from University of Johannesburg, Jomo Kenyatta University, United States International University, Stellenbosch University, Makerere University Business School, Kenyatta University, Makerere University and Daystar University booked their place in the quarter finals.
In the women’s games Makerere University could not hold out against a very strong University of Johannesburg side, they lost 05-17, it was a tighter affair in the second game between South African rivals University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria the games ended 05-07 in favor of the ladies from Pretoria. University of Pretoria then obliterated the Makerere Ladies team 34-00 to set up a mouthwatering final with their domestic rivals from Johannesburg.
Actions resume 8am on Sunday 10th October 2021 with more than just a crown at stake as defending champions university of Johannesburg Rugby team will home to defend its crown and represent African at the FISU Championships next year.
There will be a Dinner event on the 10th to mark the 50th Anniversary of FASU, with current and ex-executive members to receive awards.