by Kavii Vezemburuka

The third edition of the country’s premier rugby sevens tournament - the Safland Sevens - was launched in Windhoek yesterday and has been slated for the weekend of the 10th and 11th November 2017 in Swakopmund

The tournament, which is in its third year, will once again see African sevens outfits in action, with national teams from Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe all making their presence felt.

From Europe, the Czech Republic will make their debut in the tournament, following in the footsteps of Germany and Poland who participated in previous tournaments.

“This is a big year for us as a company: not only is Safland turning 25 years, we are also working towards the listing of the frontier Property find on the Namibia Stock Exchange. We view our involvement in the Safland 7’s as a way of giving something back to the country," said Kallie van der Merwe of Safland.

The Safland Sevens will also include a club and provincial competition for teams from Namibia and South Africa.

According to Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Rugby Union, Elizma Theron, there will be added benefits this year to the two-day rugby showpiece, and a Sevens school tournament for four age groups will also run parallel to the tournament. The U-19, U-17, U-15 and U-13’s will all form part of the festivities.

The tournament will also offer a chance to Namibia Sevens coach, Jurie Booysen to test his team against some of the best Sevens players in the world.

“ This tournament is an ideal opportunity for our players to hone their skills against the best. As the host we are ready and raring to go.” Said Booysen.

No sponsorship amount could be revealed at the occasion, despite inquiry on the issue from members of the media. It previously came to light that a clause in the sponsorship agreement between the Union and the sponsor does not allow for this to be disclosed to the public.




 by Helge Schutz

SOUTH Africa won the Safland Sevens Rugby Tournament for the second year in a row after beating Kenya 31-10 in the Cup Final on Sunday.

South Africa withstood Kenya's early pressure to run out comfortable victors, after leading 14-5 at halftime.

SA scored five tries in the process through Cecil Afrika, Dylan Sage, Werner Kok, Stefan Dippenaar and Siviwe Sovizwapi, while Leonard Mugaisi scored two tries for Kenya.

Mugaisi's two tries were the only points that South Africa had conceded in the whole tournament, underlining their tight defence.

It was the second time that the two sides had met in the tournament, but with the same result. In their pool match on Sunday morning, South Africa won 22-0 after leading 12-0 at halftime.

The third place play-off was won by Zambia who beat Living Legends 19-5.

The Plate final was a close affair, with Germany just pipping Namibia to the title 19-17.

Namibia took an early lead through JR Jacobs, but Germany struck back with tries by Bastian Himmer and Jarrod Saul to take a 14-7 lead at halftime.

They stretched their lead to 19-7 after Andre Korner scored from the second half kick off, but two great tries by Tuna Amutenya and Riaan van Zyl saw Namibia closing the deficit to 19-17.
They however could not add the conversions and Germany hung on to a narrow victory.

In the Shield final, South Africa All Stars easily beat Botswana 34-5.

In the Cup semifinals, Kenya beat Living Legends 31-17 and South Africa beat Zambia 29-0.

In the quarterfinals, South Africa beat Namibia Academy 51-0, Zambia beat Germany 19-5, Living Legends beat Namibia 21-5, and Kenya beat Eye of the Tiger 31-12.





 by Staff Reporter

Windhoek – Novel Ford were yesterday unveiled as the official sponsor of the Namibian rugby Sevens side for the upcoming Safland Sevens tournament, slated for The Dome in Swakopmund on November 12-13.

The total value of the sponsorship is N$175 000 and includes the transport of the team to the tournament from Windhoek to Swakopmund, and for the duration of their stay in Swakopmund.

The tournament boasts players who have represented their respective countries at various international Sevens tournaments and the participating teams include hosts Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana and Germany.


Other teams who will be participating in the development category are the Novel Ford Namibia Academy side, the South African Living Legends, South African All Stars, and the Eye of the Tiger who are the official South African development team.

The Namibia national side is currently ranked 2nd in Africa and has risen in international rankings from 40th to 26th in recent months.

“It is important to support our national side in this format of rugby,” says Rosie Moolman, Dealer Principal at Novel Ford, who continued: “Sevens is an exciting game and taking into account Ford’s Go Further positioning, is congruent with our philosophy of being fully present and taking on challenges so that we keep going and keep getting better.”

“The Ford brand sponsors rugby in many countries at international level, so it makes sense that we lend support to a young and budding side. We wish them all the best for the tournament ahead,” she adds.

This is the first time that Novel Ford has been involved in a national sport sponsorship for an event held on Namibian soil. Novel Ford is part of Novel Motor Company and is proudly Bidvest.




 by Ayumba Ayodi

Four players are set for their maiden World Rugby Sevens Series appearances as Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu named his final squad of 21 players for the 2016/17 Series.

Sensational Kenya Simbas and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) utility back Darwin Mukidza and Kabras Sugar's wingers Brian Tanga and Aluda Beda have received the nod for the Series starting in Dubai on December 2-3.

Impala Saracens player Derek Mayar will also be eying his debut, having impressed right from the National Sevens Series to the Kenya Sevens trials.

Mukidza, 28, was a previous call up to Kenya Sevens but never made it to the final team but prominently featured for Kenya Simbas that beat Brazil and Hong Kong in international test matches.

Tanga made the team for Amsterdam Sevens in May and was in Rio Olympics Games training squad but failed to make the final cut for the Summer Games.

"I can't wait to finally make the big stage," said Tanga adding, that it has taken him self-belief and prayers to make it.

Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Elton Isiaho (Strathmore Leos), Ian Minjire (Impala Saracens) and Alex Olaba (Homeboyz) miss out from the final squad that will now be contracted by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for the new 2016/2017 season.

Simiyu, who has retained 14 players who were in last season's World Series campaign that saw Kenya Sevens finish seventh, has recalled Kenya Simbas stars Dan Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Cyprian Kuto (Homeboyz) and Martin Owila (KCB).

Andrew Amonde, who has been retained as captain, Frank Wanyama, Alvin Otieno, Bush Mwale, Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo, Sammy Oliech, Oscar Ouma, Nelson Oyoo, Eden Agero, Willy Ambaka, Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera make up the squad.

Simiyu is set to test the newcomers; Tanga, Beda, Mukidza and Mayar at the Safland Sevens due November 12-13 November in Namibia's coastal city of Swakopmund.

"The new players have all along impressed and we intend to bring variety to the game," said Simiyu.

"I intend to use every player as much as possible but it's the work they will put in that will count."

The debutantes are part of the squad of 16 that leaves the country on Monday the Swakopmund tournament that has been facilitated by tournament sponsors Safland and The Swakopmund Dome.

The side features 12 players with previous World Rugby Series experience led by captain Andrew Amonde.

Kenya will get their World Series campaign underway in Dubai with a clash against France on December 2 before taking on Japan. They will complete their Pool D fixtures against Australia.


Kenya Sevens for the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Martin Owila, Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Dan Sikuta, Brian Tanga, Aluda Beda (Kabras Sugar), Cyprian Kuto, Alvin Otieno, Oscar Ayodi, Bush Mwale, Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo (Homeboyz),Sammy Oliech, Derek Mayar (Impala Saracens), Oscar Ouma, Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru), Frank Wanyama, Eden Agero, William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Billy Odhiambo, Collins Injera (Mwamba).

Kenya Sevens for the Safland Sevens in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Andrew Amonde (captain), Oscar Ouma, William Ambaka, Frank Wanyama, Nelson Oyoo, Leonard Mugaisi, Daniel Sikuta, Billy Odhiambo, Eden Agero, Bush Mwale, Martin Owila, Augustine Lugonzo, Brian Tanga, Aluda Beda, Darwin Mukidza, Derek Mayar.

Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Ian Gibbons (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Erick Ogweno (Team Manager)