Kenya Simbas will be looking to bounce back to winning ways as they host Tunisia in the second round of the Africa Gold Cup at RFUEA grounds on Saturday 8 July.
The sides have met eight times with Kenya picking most wins (five) while Tunisia has three wins. Tunisia’s last victory over Kenya came in August 2008. They beat Kenya 44-15 in a Pool C Africa Cup match stage at Stade El Menzah in Tunis. They went up to the finals of the tournament but lost to Namibia in the finals.
The 2008 win is the only one for Tunisia in the last five meetings. They had lost the 2006 tie by a margin of four points. In 2011 they lost by a nine point gap in the final of the Africa Cup. A year later Kenya went on to register the first victory against Tunisia in Tunis in the third play of the Africa Cup. The last meeting between the two sides was in 2015 at RFUEA grounds Darwin Mukidza, Robert Aringo, Sammy Oliech and Vincent Mose ensured a 46-15 win for Kenya.
On 20th September 1997,Tunisia had handed Kenya a 52-5 beating in Tunis in a World cup qualifier and to date that remains the largest scoreline in this fixture.
For both sides,they may not have had the kind of start to the Gold Cup that they wanted as Kenya Simbas were held 33=all at home by neighbours Uganda Cranes while Tunisisa were handed a heavy 54-7 beating by Namibia.
Kenya has a perfect home record as it has won all the last four clashes against Tunisia that were staged at RFUEA grounds.
Kenya 46 – 15 Tunisia
Tunisia 24 – 31 Kenya
Kenya 16 – 7 Tunisia
Tunisia 44 – 15 Kenya
Kenya 25 – 21 Tunisia