Kenya Lionesses set eyes on Paris Olympics slot

Kenya Lionesses Grace Adhiambo in past action at Nyayo Stadium. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Kenyan Lionesses' dreams burned brightly in Tunis despite their valiant effort ending in disappointment at the Africa Sevens final.

In a gripping showdown against South Africa, the national women's rugby team left everything on the field, but fell just short, with a final score of 12-7.

The stakes were high, as a direct ticket to the Paris Olympics hang in the balance, and the team knew that victory in the tournament was their passport to France for the Games set for next year.

For the Lionesses, the journey to Paris has been long and arduous, marked by incredible dedication and passion.

Their desire to represent Kenya at the world stage, to show the world the strength and skill of Kenyan women in rugby, has been unwavering. It was this spirit that carried them through the competition and into the final.

While the final result was not what they had hoped for, the Lionesses can hold their heads high. They faced fierce competition throughout the Africa Sevens, displaying their prowess and resilience.

Their impressive preliminary group stage performance, where they defeated Zambia 27-0, Ghana 41-0, and narrowly edged out Madagascar 20-17, was a testament to their commitment and skill.

The semifinal clash against local neighbours Uganda saw them dominate with a commanding 27-0 victory, which earned them their shot at the title.

Kenya captain Grace Adhiambo said they might have lost the final, but they are not yet out.

"This tournament was a test of our character and determination. We came here with one goal; to qualify for the Paris Olympics - and while we may have fallen short in the final, our spirits remain unbroken. We know the road to greatness is often marked by obstacles, and this is just one of them."

"We have shown the world what we are capable of, and our resolve to represent Kenya in Paris burns even brighter now. Our dreams are unshattered, and we are prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead."

Despite the final defeat, Kenya's Olympic dream is far from over. They have another opportunity to secure their place in Paris through the Repechage tournament scheduled for next year.

With their experience, skill, and unwavering determination, the Lionesses are poised to rise above this setback and continue their journey toward the Olympic stage.

The Kenya Lionesses left the Africa Sevens tournament with their heads held high, their dreams of Olympic glory burning brighter than ever.

The road to Paris was challenging, but their resilience and unwavering spirit ensured their journey was far from over.

They are ready to face the trials ahead, ready to roar louder and fight harder for a chance to make their mark on the grand stage of the Olympics.

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