Kenya Simbas squad named to face Namibia in crucial Rugby World Cup qualifier

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Felix Ayange in action against Uganda

Dalmus Chituyi, Felix Ayange and Curtis Lilako return for the Kenya Simbas final Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash away to Namibia on Saturday August 18.

Chituyi, the two try hero in the 45-36 win over Zimbabwe on 30 June, missed last weekend’s 67-0 win over Tunisia through injury alongside former Kenya Sevens international Ayange who was recovering from the effects of root canal while Lilako also returns for the first time since the Zimbabwe match.

Commenting on their inclusion, Head Coach Ian Snook said, “Dallo is in as we have a 6 (forwards)/2 (backs) bench this game.”

“It has been crucial in a couple of other games with fresh forwards coming on late in the game and making a telling difference.

“We hope this will be the same. Felix is on the bench as he can cover many positions and is competent in them all.

“He is a tough competitor and we know he will be up for the physical battle. Biko who usually fills this role is carrying an injury.

“Curtis is back in so we can utilize his experience and cool head late in the game.”

Snook also talked about his expectations from the match against Namibia.

“Our hopes and aspirations is that we play really well and piece together 80 minutes of what has only been seen for 40 or so minutes in the other games,” he said.

“It has been difficult with no warm up games and going in cold for one off test matches. The Tunisian game provided a bit of everything which the players will learn from.

“I’m expecting that the players are ready for an 80 minute effort and are really looking forward to it.”

Kenya squad to play Namibia

Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Mohamed Omollo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Felix Ayange (Kabras Sugar), Dalmus Chituyi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), Patrick Ouko (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Moses Amusala (KCB), Joseph Odero (Kabras Sugar), Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB, Captain)

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Kenya and Namibia to meet in Rugby World Cup showdown

Alex Broun 14/08/2018
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Captain Davis Chenge goes over for Kenya

Kenya and Namibia will clash on Saturday for a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after the Kenyans defeated Tunisia 67-0 on Saturday.

Namibia are four points ahead of Kenya with a superior points difference heading into the decisive match in Windhoek (KO 16:00 local time) and a bonus point will be enough to claim the Rugby Africa Gold Cup title and a place in Pool B at Japan 2019 alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner.

The loser on Saturday will remain in Rugby World Cup 2019 contention, but will need to win November’s repechage in Marseille where they will meet Canada, Hong Kong and Germany.

In the weekend’s other match, Uganda defeated Morocco 47-29, but Kenya’s bonus point win win ended Ugandan hopes of a repechage place

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World Rugby will be providing LIVE streaming of the decisive Namibia v Kenya match on Saturday across its digital and social channels.

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Zimbabwe Sables call on re-inforcements from Cheetahs ahead of must win Namibia clash

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Zimbabwe's lock Fortunate Chipenda (c) is tackled by Kenya's Curtis Lilako

Ahead of their match against the Namibia Welwitschias, the Zimbabwe Sables have made a few changes to the technical team and the training squad.

Desperate to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive Zimbabwe welcome Namibia to the newly renovated Hartsfield Grounds in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Zimbabwe has begun its 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign on a lukewarm note with a draw and two consecutive losses away, leaving them in a precarious fourth place out of six teams.

The point hungry Sables have been in camp for a week with minor changes to the training squad which include the infusion of three Cheetahs, returning from Zimbabwe’s Rugby World Cup Sevens campaign in San Francisco.

Shayne Makombe and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo have been added to the backline whilst Connor Pritchard assumes his place as a flank.

Chitokwindo and Makombe were responsible for Zimbabwe’s first burst of tries in their opening match against Wales at the RWC Sevens.

Germany based lock, Antipas Kamkwindo will be joining the team, replacing Johannes Stander.

Peter de Villiers has been working with former Sables & Harare Sports Club Head Coach, Daniel Hondo.

Peter de Villiers has been working with former Sables & Harare Sports Club Head Coach, Daniel Hondo.

In the lead up to their next fixture, the Sables coach Peter de Villiers has roped in Harare Sports Club (HSC) head coach Daniel Hondo as the backline coach.

Hondo, a former Sable & Cheetah in his time, said: “We’re not doubting the players that have been playing rather, it’s an opportunity for us to see what other players have to offer for our game on Saturday.

“Namibia remains unchallenged in the competition and we hope we will be the team that puts pressure on them.”

The HSC coach has successfully mentored his club into qualifying for the upcoming SARU Gold Cup.

On Sunday the team broke camp to allow players to travel to their respective polling stations ahead of Zimbabwe’s election

The team is scheduled to reassemble in Bulawayo Monday evening.

The twenty-six men presently in camp for the Namibia fixture are: Denford Mutamangira, David Makanda, Farai Mudariki, Irvine Nduwa, Fortunate Chipendo, Takudzwa Mandiwanza, Connor Pritchard, Tapfuma Parirenyatwa, Ernest Mudzengerere, Lenience Tambwera, Mathew McNab, Brandon Mandivenga, Kudzai Mashawi, Takudzwa Kumadiro, Shingirai Katsvere, Mathew Mandioma, Cleopas Kundiona, Lawrence Cleminson, Antipas Kamkwindo, Brian Nyaude, Hilton Mudariki, Ziyanda Khupe, Shayne Makombe, Tafadzwa Mhende, Lucky Sithole and Tafadzwa Chitokwindo.

Zimbabwe’s next fixture in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup is scheduled for August 18 when they take on the Cranes in Uganda.

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