By Richard Munga.
Kenya’s chances of making it to the rugby sevens quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics hangs in the balance after they lost their second match 28-5 to heavy weights New Zealand at the Deodoro Stadium.
Great Britain secured themselves a place in the last eight after a narrow 21-19 win against Japan, whom Kenya faces next.
Japan pulled a surprise after shocking New Zealand 14-12 in the second match of Group C which now leaves Kenya trailing the pool on two points.
Entering the match from a 31-7 loss at the hands of Great Britain, Kenya needed a win to revive their chances of reaching the knock-out round but that only remained to be a dream after a poor first half display saw them only score one try through vice captain Collins Injera.
Willy Ambaka received a yellow card for a high tackle on Scott Curry and that handed New Zealand a penalty try, just before Akira Loane used the extra space to score and get the All Blacks back on the right track.
In the second half, Augustine Pulu extended the lead with the all blacks finishing with one further try to seal the victory.
Elsewhere in the women’s football tournament, Home nation Brazil finished as group leaders after a 0-0 draw against South Africa in Group E.
Brazil pushed for victory in front of a sell-out crowd but a fine save by South Africa’s Roxanne Barker denied Brazil a late strike.
Australia’s emphatic 6-1 win over Zimbabwe in Group F ensured their quarter-final place.
A double from Michelle Hayman ensured Australia moved into the next round, although Zimbabwe had some cause for team celebrations when Immaculate Msipa scored a consolation strike.