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August 18, 2018

Simbas on the hunt:Kenya face Tunisia in a must-win Africa Gold Cup-cum-World Cup qualifier match

Martin Owila Of Kenya With The Ball against Uganda / file
Martin Owila Of Kenya With The Ball against Uganda / file
Kenya face Tunisia in tricky Africa Gold Cup-cum-Rugby World Cup qualifier match at the RFUEA ground today.
The Simbas lie second on the standings with 12 points, eight behind holders Namibia as the race for the next year’s World Cup in Japan hots up. Ian Snook’s charges need to register a bonus point win to keep distance with Namibia ahead of next week’s showdown in Windhoek.
The Simbas have failed to register bonus point wins in their 28-24 victory over Morocco, 45-36 over Zimbabwe and 38-22 over Uganda.
Snook has made two changes to the side for the match against the North Africans. Kenya sevens winger Willy Ambaka starts on the right wing in place of the rested Felix Ayange. Ambaka is expected to torment the Tunisians with his power and pace and form a lethal combination with fullback Vincent Mose and centre Darwin Mukidza with Jacob Ojee on the other wing.
Martin Owila starts at blindside flank in place of George Nyambua with Elkeans Musonye and skipper Davis Chenge completing the backrow . The rest of the team remains unchanged.
The Simbas crushed the Tunisians 100-10 last year and recored a 46-12 score in 2016. Tunisia lost 67-12 to Uganda last week in Kampala and sit fourth in the standings with just one win over Zimbabwe in Tunis last month.
Snook is expecting a tough encounter today. “It will be a different game. They beat Zimbabwe in their backyard and I expect them to be competitive and they will give us a run for our money,” said Snook.
Tunisia’s coach Jacob Stouman is also not expecting anything light from their hosts. “I only know Kenya through what I have seen on television. I don’t know if some of their Sevens players will be involved on Saturday but they look like a good team with a good coach. You can see it results have been working out for them. For us it will be a challenge but we are up for it,” said Stouman.
“Against Uganda we made some silly mistakes. I was watching thew game again last night. Four tries of the seven they scored were just gifts from our mistakes as we gave them the opportunity to run at us. We need to look at the ball better and our defence system needs to be spot on. Everybody needs to do his job in defence and once that happens, it will be better for the whole team.”

Simbas squad
15. Vincent Mose (Impala), 14. William Ambaka (Harlequin), 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo (Harlequin), 9.Samson Onsomu (Impala), 1.Patrick Ouko (Homeboyz), 2.Colman Were (Kabras), 3. Joseph Odero (Kabras), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras), 5.Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. Martin Owilah (KCB), 7.Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB/Captain)
REPLACEMENTS 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa (Kabras), 19.Malcolm Onsando (Harlequin), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras), 21. Mohamed Omollo, 22. Maxwell Kang’eri (Homeboyz), 23. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz).
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