Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has clarified on why he made eight changes to the squad set to face Russia from the side that lost to Chile last Friday.
From the side that lost to the South Americans in the nations cup opener,Paarwater has opted to retain only seven players;Peter Karia,Darwin Mukidza,Leo Seje,Oliver Mang’eni,Joshua Chisanga,Davies Chenge and skipper Wilson Kopondo and he says that the move is meant to hand game time to the entire 26-man contingent that made the trip.
“We’ve changed the squad for Tuesday’s game because we brought 26 players over and want to give every player a chance to start or feature in the games.Friday’s starting front row with the exception of Karia is rested.”Paarwater is quoted by Kenya Rugby.
“Ikambili remains on the bench though he had some game time against Chile. Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango get a total rest for this game while Eric Kerre,he is struggling with a bit of a shoulder knock picked up against Chile so we’ve also given him rest.”he notes.
The tactician is well aware of the threat that Russia pose to his side considering that they are the nations cup defending champions but he is optimistic of a good show from his charges.
“They are a different challenge to us because they are physical but the guys are looking ready to go. It will be a tough game but we hope the outcome can be in our favor.”he concludes.
The clash to be staged on Tuesday,14 November at the Kings Park Grounds in Hong Kong will get underway at 1200hrs.