Mwanja optimistic Lionesses will triumph in Uganda

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 11:00 | By
PG 29-Lionesses playmaker Christabel Lindo makes a pass during a training at the RFUEA grounds in January. PHOTO/PDZ.

Kenya Lionesses head coach Dennis Mwanja, is optimistic his side will deliver positive results ahead of their tough assignment in Kampala, Uganda for the Women’s Africa cup tourney.

The Kenya Lionesses are set to tackle Uganda and Zambia in Pool B of the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup that will kick off in Kampala, Uganda on November 2, 2022.

Despite a lack of proper friendly matches to test his team, Kenya Lionesses Mwanja believes his side has done all they could be ahead of next week’s Women’s Africa Cup Pool B fixtures.

Perfected the art

According to Mwanja, the ladies are fit and perfected the art of understanding the game ahead of the first assignment for the newly appointed tactician.

Mwanja further said he was pleased with what he has seen from his players.

“We had to find a way to gauge how far the players have come in terms of understanding and match fitness, now that we haven’t scheduled any proper friendlies or any residential camps however one can tell the girls have been improved based on the whole program covered and that gives me so much pride with the girls,” Mwanja said.

The Lionesses coached by the former Kenya sevens legend Dennis Mwanja will kick off their campaign against Zambia on October 29 before the much-anticipated showdown against the hosts Uganda on November 2.

Africa champions South Africa will be keeping close tabs on the winner of Pool B with Namibia also in the mix to qualify for the next round of the tournament.

The second-placed team in Pool B will be relegated to Pool C to be replaced by the winner in Pool D and the same applies to Pool D for the event. In other groups, Tunisia has a date with Senegal and Madagascar between October 14-23 in Pool C in Tunis, Tunisia.

Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast face off in pool D between November 3 – 13, 2022.

In the 2021 edition, the Lionesses lost both matches to Madagascar 27-15 and 10-0 respectively at Nyayo Stadium.

With a new coach at hand, Mwanja will be looking to turn around the fortunes of the team in this year’s edition.

He is expected to announce the final travelling squad come on Wednesday ahead of the much-anticipated tournament.

The winner of this pool will qualify for next year’s Pool A competition which also features continental champions South Africa and Namibia.

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