Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) is currently hard at work in preparation for the Rugby Africa Women’s sevens tournament scheduled for Gaborone from the 26th -27th May 2018. The national women’s team has been in camp for the past two months under the watchful eye of headcoach Emmanuel Masinki. Addressing BRU stakeholders on team preparations this week, Masinki said his squad is more than ready to compete. He said that the girls are determined to improve their rankings and if anything, they are vying to finish in the top seven spots. Currently Botswana is ranked 9th in Africa. Masinki said nine countries are expected to descend in Gaborone to compete in the tournament including Madagascar, Mauritius, Tunisia, Kenya and Morocco amongst others. “We intend to win our pool, we recently gauged our performance against Zimbabwe and we have also finalised the team list. We have a mixture of both the experienced and new blood, "he said.
Masinki explained that it was important that they reach their set target so that the team can be able to participate in other major tournaments such as the Commonwealth Games.
The team captain Kelebogile Bagwasi said that they will have to win their game against Mauritius most importantly. “We will deal with the intimidating Morocco at a later stage however if we ensure that we remain focused in our first two games then all will fall in place,” Bagwasi said.
Meanwhile the BRU league is expected to go into finals this weekend. In the Super League Division the defending champions BDF Cheetahs are expected to lock horns with Gabs Hogs in what is expected to be more of a repeat of the 2017 game. In the President League BAC N will face off with Jwaneng. All games will be played at Wharic Park from 1100hrs.