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Uganda enter CAR Cup rugby semi-finals
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10:26, July 10, 2007

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Uganda rugby team' 21-5 ruthless defeat of Zambia over the weekend has seen the team enter the semi-finals in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Africa Cup next month in a yet-to-be-named venue.

Uganda were one of three teams to win away encounters in the last games of the qualifying rounds on Saturday. Kenya beat Cameroon 22-19 in Yaounde, while Madagascar held off Zimbabwe 30-29 in Harare.

Cote d'Ivoire was the only home team to come off with a win, edging Tunisia 16-14 in Abidjan.

Last year, Uganda walloped Cote d'Ivoire 30-7 in a World Cup qualifying match played at the Kyadondo Grounds in Kampala. Uganda have also beaten Kenya twice in their last two encounters, both home and away.

"At this stage it does not really matter who we play, Uganda have proved we can play right there with the rest of them," a union official was quoted by state-owned New Vision on Monday as saying.

"We have beaten Cote d'Ivoire before but it could have been any team, whether Tunisia or Morocco or Kenya or Madagascar, we can beat all of them. No more talk of 'big teams', we are now one of the big teams," added the anonymous official.

The semi-finals and final will take place over one week in one of the countries that have qualified, and the Confederation of African Rugby would soon sit to evaluate the bids and decide which nation will host the semi-finals and final in early August.

The Africa Cup has initially been played on a-home-and-away basis in the past but organizers have changed the format of play whereby the semifinals and finals will be played at the same venue.

Source: Xinhua

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