African Leopards win in France

(IRB.COM) Thursday 11 October 2007
 African Leopards win in France

The African Leopards defeated a French Under 20 team 17-12 in a friendly match played at the Metz Saint Symphorien Stadium on Wednesday.

The Leopards are an invitational side comprising players from across the continent. The side was formed in 2005 and has since played against South Africa Students and the British Army, whom they defeated 20-12 last year.

Former world champion Springbok Brendan Venter and Frenchman Claude Saurel coached the side in 2006, and this year Tunisia coach Muhammed Sahraoui has taken up the reigns to good effect.

The side operates in English and French, language one of many challenges with 36 nations coming together under one banner.

Squad: Jacques Leitao, Cleopas Makotose (Zimbabwe), Nyondo George Armitage (Zambia),Joudoul Youssef, Boutataty Abdellatif, Abachri Abdelkafi, Dermouni Mohammed (Morocco), Jonathan Charles Francke, Wigan Marvin Pekeur, Steph Roberts (South Africa), Guerraoui Ali (Algeria), Derrick Wamalwa, Dan Weku (Kenya), Robert Sseguya, Allan Musoke (Uganda), Sargos Steeve, Koita Magname, Magassa Moussa (Senegal), Bobou Edgar, Meite Bakary (Cote d’Ivoire), Souguir Mouhamed Yosri (Tunisia) and Tchougong Arnold (Cameroon).

Officials: Said Zniber (Team Manager, Morocco), Muhammed Sahraoui (Coach, Tunisia), Abdelaziz Bougja (CAR President Chief De Mission) and Paul Sigombe (CAR Vice President, Coordinator)