The national rugby team, the Vultures have climbed four places up the International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings released on Monday.
Before the Sunday match, Botswana had played Zambia five times and only beaten them once. As a result of the defeat, Zambia slipped one place down to 76. Nigeria, who lost to Mauritius stayed in position 91. Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) president, Bob Lekan was excited with the development. He said although the Vultures have not done well in the past, they managed to stay at number 81 for sometime. He attributed this to good management. "It shows that our investments in the team is bearing fruits," Lekan said. Botswana face Mauritius in a do or die match on Saturday and Lekan believe they stand a chance to win and qualify for the World Cup. Botswana will however, bank on Nigeria beating Ivory Coast today.
If Nigeria beat Ivory Coast, the winner between Botswana and Mauritius on Saturday will qualify for the world showpiece. Botswana and Mauritus are both at four points while Nigeria has one with Zambia still to collect a single point. Ivory Coast who are yet to play their first game also have a good chance of qualifying if they win all their games. The maximum points that Botswana and Mauritius can collect is nine points, while Ivory Coast can gather 10 points. Botswana is in first position ahead of Mauritius on goal difference.
Source - Mmegi Staff Writer