Darwin Mukidza/photo/Michael Khateli

Kenya Simbas coach explains decision to deploy Mukidza at fly half

Kenya Simbas head coach Ian Snook has revealed why he rang some positional changes to the Kenya Simbas squad that plays Morocco in their Africa Gold Cup opener on 23 June in Casablanca. 
Among the positional changes made by the New Zealander, Darwin Mukidza who traditionally operates on the openside wing has been deployed at fly half as Biko Adema moves to full-back.
Regular front rower Philip Ikambili will feature at openside flank.
“We’ve gone for experience and have seen Darwin play at fly half a few times. We like the way he controls things,”Snook is quoted on Kenya Rugby Union’s portal.
“He’s got a bit more control over what’s going on around him and have decided to play him there with Biko at full back…which could easily change if need be.”
On the move to start Homeboyz hooker Philip Ikambili at the backrow, Snook said: “First…Elkeans Musonye is unavailable…secondly we like what Philip produces in the squad.”
“He is also a very fit player…we need people that are going to play for 80 minutes and he seemed to be the guy that fitted.”
“He played exceptionally well at seven in training and we’ve decided to give him a run out.”
Saturday’s match gets underway at 7:00pm.


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