2008–09 Africa Cup

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9th Africa Cup
Tournament details
Date 14 May 2008–
27 November 2009
No. of nations 19
Final positions
Champions  Namibia
Runner-up  Tunisia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
2007
2010

The 2008 Africa Cup is the ninth edition of highest level rugby union tournament in Africa. The competition involves twelve teams that are divided into two zones (North and South). Each zone is then divided into two pools of three. Each pool winner then qualifies for a semi-final; the semi-final winners then play each other in the final.

Teams[edit]

Format[edit]

The tournament will be used as the first stage of qualification for Rugby World Cup 2011. The top two teams will progress in the World Cup and qualify for the 2009 Africa Cup, which will be the main tournament for the African qualifiers. Swaziland, Nigeria and Botswana have been added to the qualification process as they possess an IRB ranking. A two-legged playoff between the two lowest ranked teams from the south (Botswana and Swaziland) and the two lowest ranked teams from the north (Cameroon and Nigeria) will begin the tournament to take the competition numbers from 14 to 12 to make the group stage four groups of three teams.

Playoff Round[edit]

11 May 2008
Cameroon  26 - 6  Niger

17 May 2008
Botswana  25 - 7  Swaziland

Pool Stage[edit]

Pool winners qualify for the semi-finals. Top teams also progress to second stage of world cup qualification, in the 2009 Africa Cup. Pools determined through world rankings.[1]

Bonus point system: 4 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 0 for a loss, 1 point for scoring four tries in a game, 1 point for losing by seven or less.

Pool A[edit]

Team P W D Lost For Ag. Diff. TB LB Points Notes
 Namibia 2 2 0 0 48 31 +17 1 0 9 To semifinals
 Senegal 1 0 0 1 10 13 -3 0 1 1 to 2009 Africa Throphy North
 Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 21 35 -14 0 0 0 to 2009 Africa Throphy South

14 June 2008
 Senegal 10-13  Namibia


 Zimbabwe Cancelled  Senegal



Pool B[edit]

Team P W D Lost For Ag. Diff. TB LB Points Notes
 Ivory Coast 2 2 0 0 53 18 +35 1 0 9 to semifinals
 Morocco 2 1 0 1 38 39 -1 1 0 5 to 2009 Africa Throphy North
 Zambia 2 0 0 2 27 61 -34 0 0 0 to 2009 Africa Throphy South

14 June 2008
Zambia  18 - 29  Morocco


2 August 2008
Morocco  9 - 21  Ivory Coast

Pool C[edit]

Team P W D Lost For Ag. Diff. TB LB Points Notes
 Tunisia 2 2 0 0 60 25 +35 1 0 9 to semifinals
 Kenya 2 1 0 1 91 52 +39 1 0 5 to 2009 Africa Throphy North
 Cameroon 2 0 0 2 18 92 -74 0 1 1 to 2009 Africa Throphy North
14 June 2008
Cameroon  12 - 16  Tunisia

12 July 2008
Kenya  76 - 8  Cameroon

2 August 2008
Tunisia  44 - 15  Kenya

Pool D[edit]

Team P W D Lost For Ag. Diff. TB LB Points Notes
 Uganda 2 2 0 0 59 32 +27 2 0 10 to semifinals
 Madagascar 2 1 0 1 67 47 +20 1 0 5 to 2009 Africa Throphy South
 Botswana 2 0 0 2 25 72 -47 0 0 0 to 2009 Africa Throphy South
14 June 2008
Botswana  10 - 27  Uganda


2 August 2008
Uganda  32 - 22  Madagascar

Semifinals[edit]

Semi finals and final of this edition of the Africa Cup are to take place in 2009 doubling as the final leg of African Rugby World Cup qualification.

13 June 2009
Uganda  17 - 41  Tunisia

27 June 2009
Tunisia  38 - 13  Uganda

  • Tunisia won the series with aggregate results of 79-30


  • Namibia won the series with aggregate results of 67-27

Final[edit]

14 November 2008
Tunisia  13 - 18  Namibia

28 November 2008
Namibia  22 - 10  Tunisia
  • Namibia won the series with aggregate results of 40-23

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pools decided

External links[edit]