South African star Cecil Afrika is retiring from international Sevens
but the veteran is still holding onto hope of going to a second
Afrika’s contract with the Blitzboks ends after the current season
and he had agreed with coach Neil Powell before this year that it would
be his final contract with the team.
The 32-year-old made his Sevens debut in 2009, playing 66 World Series tournaments including two overall World Series titles.
Afrika was part of South Africa’s 2016 bronze medal-winning squad in Rio and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games winning squad.
Powell said on Monday night that it would be difficult to say goodbye to one of the biggest names in Sevens.
“It is one of those inevitable things in professional sport, but even
so, it remains a sad day to say goodbye to Cecil when his contract
expires,” he said.
“He has been a great in the game, his achievements speak for itself and he inspired many to enjoy the game of sevens.