ZIMBABWE Rugby Referees Society match officials Precious Pazani and Talent Gandiwa took charge of the women’s rugby World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Columbia on Wednesday at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi to further add caps in their CVs.
“Congratulations to Zimbabwe Rugby Referees Society match officials Precious Pazani and Talent Gandiwa for handling the women’s Rugby World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Columbia in Nairobi, Kenya,” said the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU).
This was the first time that Columbia’s women’s 15s side travelled to play overseas — the trip to the Kenyan capital involved stops in Panama and Istanbul.
The match had a huge prize at stake as Columbia advanced to the Final Qualifying Tournament that will decide the final qualifier to Rugby World Cup 2021, to be played in 2022. Las Tucanes defeated Kenya 16-15 in a sudden-death Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifier. The result sees Columbia making history as Las Tucanes advanced to join Samoa, Europe 2 and Asia 2 in repêchage.
The landmark trip will reportedly be a huge learning curve for a team that first played international rugby in 2003 against Venezuela and only played again in 15s twice, both times against Brazil in 2019 and 2020. The second of those two matches saw them claim the ticket to play against Kenya, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the match had to be postponed from late last year until this month.