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Africa Gold Cup week 5 preview
By Eric Njiru | Fri 03 Aug, 2018 09:23

Africa Gold Cup 2018, doubling up as qualification for 2019 Rugby World Cup, enters round five on Saturday August 4 with two matches on the card in East and Southern Africa. 

All six teams are eyeing a place in Japan 2019 but as it stands Morocco and Zimbabwe cannot make it -they only stand a slim chance of qualifying for the global repechage in France in November- a second and last chance for teams to qualify for the World Cup.

It's now a two-horse race between Kenya Simbas and Namibia Welwitschias with both teams having a clash in hand before their meeting on the last round of matches -August 18 in Windhoek. 

On August 4, Uganda can revive their chances by a win over visiting Tunisia in Kampala with a defeat likely to do a damage to them -relegation. Tunisia have one win on their bag and may them win their last two matches and Kenya lose, they would finish second and head to France.

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Second match of the day kicking off at 5pm will be between Zimbabwe and Namibia, a clash Kenya will be keeping an eye on as a win for Zimbabwe would seriously raise their chances of heading to Japan as Africa 1.

A win for Namibia will mean Kenya Simbas will need maximum points in their last matches (including against Namibia) to finish on top. 

Kenya sits out this weekend awaiting Tunisia on August 11 before heading out to Namibia on August 11. 

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Namibia leads with 15 points, Kenya is second with 12 points, Tunisia are third with four points while Morocco and Zimbabwe have 3 points each at fourth and fifth place as Uganda closes the competition with no point so far. 

The winner of the competition(2018 Africa Gold Cup) will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan as Africa 1, joining reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner in Pool B. 

Runners-up, Africa 2, will head to global repechage in November for the last chance to qualify for the World Cup. They will play Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.

Africa Gold Cup Standings as of July 7
1.Namibia 15 
2.Kenya 12
3.Tunisia 4
4.Morocco 3 
5.Zimbabwe 3
6.Uganda 0

Remaining fixtures
August 4, 2018

Uganda vs Tunisia 3pm
Zimbabwe vs Namibia 5pm

August 11
Kenya vs Tunisia 2pm
Uganda vs Morocco 5pm

August 18
Uganda vs Zimbabwe 3pm
Namibia vs Kenya 5pm
Tunisia vs Morocco 7pm

Eric Njiru
Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com Twitter: @EricNjiiru
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