Botswana: Vultures Retain Africa Cup Status

| July 7, 2016

Botswana rugby national team, the Vultures, have retained their place in Africa Cup Division 1B despite producing unconvincing results in Tunisia last week.

The Vultures lost to counterparts Tunisia and Ivory Coast to finish bottom of Pool B after registering a single point in Monastir.

Tunisia, Pool B winners with 10 points, trounced Botswana 43-10 in the first match. Although coach Ivor Greaves' men did better in their second match against Ivory Coast, they could not prevent a 20-13 loss and were condemned to bottom of the Pool.

With no relegation for teams in Division 1B this year, the Vultures maintained their status in the second tier of African rugby.

Speaking in an interview, Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) secretary general, Ernest Mantsi attributed the two defeats to inadequate time for acclimatising to conditions in Tunisia.

Mantsi said the team arrived in Tunisia 48 hours before their first match and lack of rest after a long travel had a negative impact in their performance.

He was however confident that with more rigorous preparations, the Vultures could fight for promotion to Africa Cup Division 1A next year.

"If we could get a sponsor we would start our preparations for the Africa Cup tournament of next year early. Our intentions are to start preparations in October after the league has completed," the BRU secretary general said.

Mantsi said the BRU intends to organise international matches that would give players more exposure before the next tournament.

Source: Botswana Daily News


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