The Vultures senior national team is in Kampala, Uganda to participate in the Africa Rugby Division 1B tournament. They are seeking promotion to the 1A group, which is the cream of Rugby in Africa. Botswana hosted the six nations tourney last year and emerged second to qualify for the 1B tournament. It is their aim to make sure that they join the elite 1A group which consists of Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya among others. The five teams that will be fighting to be upgraded to the bigger team with Botswana are Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Senegal.
Development officer at Botswana Rugby Union Zee Khumalo conceded that they are in a tough tournament and things won’t be easy because the first team that they will be playing which is Madagascar were relegated last time from the 1A group. “Though we know that it won’t be easy I can assure you that the boys are there to fight,” he said. Khumalo said that the other challenge that they have is the fact that local boys are not as fit and big as their opponents from the West Africa since naturally their structures are an advantage as compared to the local players.
He said the first game on July 5 at Kyadondo Stadium will definitely be a rough start. Their second game will be on the 8th of July at Legends Rugby Stadium against Senegal and their last game on the 11th of July against hosts Uganda at Kyadondo stadium. Among the players that are in Uganda are the experienced Tshoganetso Katse, Shaun Landsberg, Tefo Keothepile, Thato Maifala, Kaelo Mogotsi and the captain Eddie Ernest just to name a few. All in all they are 24 with head coach Greaves assisted by Sean Irish and Andrew Paxinos.