Zimbabwe have lost out on hosting next year’s Rugby Africa Cup

Capitalk Reporter |  10 months ago | local

Zimbabwe has lost the 2022 Rugby Africa cup hosting right after the rights were awarded to France

Zimbabwe along with Kenya and Namibia had applied to host the Africa cup which is the final qualifying tournament for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Zimbabwe Rugby Union president Aaron Jani explained to us that we lost out because the national rugby body could not obtain a government financial guarantee that was required by Rugby Africa.

The guarantee ensures that the government will meet any financial shortfall that may arise during the hosting of the tournament; a form of insurance. Jani also said Rugby Africa was forced to stage the tournament in France because of some logistical problems faced by African countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Kenyan and Namibian protocols were deemed unworkable by some of the nations due to play in the competition and so Rugby Africa felt it had no choice other than to host an African tournament in Europe.

Zimbabwe are among 8 African teams that will take part in the tournament which will be held in July next year. The winner qualifies for the 2023 World Cup in France.