Nigeria Rugby Sevens eye Olympic qualification

By Michael Hudson

Nigeria Sevens men’s team are targeting the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after joining the likes of Zimbabwe and Kenya in the line-up to compete in the African qualifying tournament.

The Black Stallions are coming off a good run at the Africa North regional sevens tournament in Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) acting technical director and teams manager, Dele Coker was hopeful they could challenge for a spot in the Olympics.

“We are happy for the chance to participate in the Olympics qualifiers: Africa Men’s Sevens later this year. We will ensure our best players are available, ensure proper preparations and aim to go far at the tournament,” Coker was quoted saying by Sports247.

The continent’s leading team, South Africa, are likely to avoid the qualifier and secure their spot in the Olympics via the HSBC World Sevens Series. The fourth-placed Blitzboks will gain automatic qualification to the Olympics if they finish top four after the 10-leg world series.

Should that be the case, they will be replaced in the qualifiers by Burkina Faso.

The countries taking part in the African Olympic qualifier are: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

The Africa Olympic Games qualification tournament will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 9-10 2019.

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