The second leg of the Elgon Cup match match between Kenya and Uganda is uncertain after Rugby Africa cancelled the Africa Gold Cup.
Elgon Cup return leg match, to be hosted by Uganda, was to double up as the qualifier for the Africa Gold Cup will not take place following the withdrawal of sponsors Kwese Free Sport and the subsequent scrapping of the championship.
Uganda is set to host the return leg of the Elgon Cup after the first leg scheduled to be staged in Kisumu on June 22.
“We regret to inform you that the 2019 Silver Cup and 2019 Gold Cup tournaments are cancelled. Rugby Africa’s EXCO is currently working in conjunction with World Rugby to suggest other formats of 15s competitions which will be financially viable in 2019 and won’t jeopardize the future of Rugby Africa’s competitions,” read the statement sent to Kenya Rugby Union by Rugby Africa.
“Rugby Africa has released a statement to all Unions notifying them of the cancellation of the 2019 Gold Cup tournament. This is as a result of the premature termination of Rugby Africa and Kwese Sports contract which has left a huge gap in the 2019 budget.”
Rugby Africa, however, said that they are working on a new sustainable, inclusive and attractive Rugby World Cup qualifier model, including Olympic qualifiers for men and women for Tokyo 2020.
“We will come back to you shortly about possible other options for men’s 15s competition in 2019 as well as the final dates and venues for the Olympic Qualifiers,” the statement added.