Windhoek - Namibia booked their place at the Rugby World Cup for the sixth successive time on Saturday with a 53-28 victory over Kenya.
will play in Pool B at the 2019 World Cup in Japan alongside defending
champions New Zealand, South Africa and Italy as well as the winners of
the repechage event.
That final qualifying round will feature Kenya, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong and will be played in Marseille in November.
The winners will take the final spot for the Japan showpiece.
Namibia went onto the offensive from the start on Saturday, forcing the visitors to concede an early penalty try.
Kenya fought their way back when Sevens star Willy Ambaka, who scored
two tries on his Test debut against Tunisia, touched down at the corner
and Darwin Mukidza converted to give the visitors a 7-3 lead.
Fullback Chrysander Botha and hooker Louis van der Westhuizen then scored back-to-back tries to put Namibia in the driving seat.
der Westhuizen turned over the ball for his second try when he combined
well with lock Jan-Pieter van Lill at the start of the second half for a
Ambaka would score his second try of the match but it
was a little too late for Kenya, as Namibia increased their tally when
Max Katjijeko scored the fifth try.
Despite two late tries by
replacements Malcolm Onsando and scrumhalf Mohammed Omolo, Namibia
extended their domination over the East Africans when Botha and flyhalf Cliven
Loubser completed the scoring for the winners.
Meanwhile Zimbabwe, who are coached by former Springbok mentor Peter de Villiers, finished their qualifying campaign on a high note with a 38-18 win over Uganda in Kampala on Saturday.
It was however not enough for them to qualify for the World Cup as they finished fourth in the Africa Gold Cup.
2019 Rugby World Cup draw:
Ireland, Scotland, Japan (hosts), Russia, Samoa
New Zealand (holders), South Africa, Italy, Namibia, repechage winners
England, France, Argentina, United States, Tonga
Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay