RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Kenya Simbas on the brink of history

The Kenya Simbas class of 2018 stand on the cusp of making history on Saturday evening when they face Namibia in Windhoek in a crucial Africa Gold Cup clash-cum-2019 World Cup qualifier.
With Kenya yet to make an appearance in a 15s World Cup,the stakes are high in this particular fixture as the winner will not only be crowned the continent’s rugby kings but also secure themselves a spot in pool B at the 2019 global showpiece in Japan.
Kenya Simbas coach Ian Snook has expressed his desire of having the team play well for the entire match in Windhoek despite the difficulties they have faced in their preparations.
“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. It has been difficult with no warm up games and going in cold for one off test matches,” he is quoted by KRU.
“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.”
The sides have previously met nine times with Namibia winning seven of those meetings.Kenya’s only wins against the Welwistchias came in September 2006;a 30-26 result in Nairobi and the famous 29-22 victory during the 2015 World Cup qualifiers held in Madagascar.
Tony Onyango,Martin Owilah,Oliver Mang’eni,Moses Amusala and Curtis Lilako are the only players surviving from the squad that stunned Namibia four years ago and was well poised to reach the 2015 World Cup in England only for Zimbabwe Sables to dent their hopes.
Kenya v Namibia;Previous meetings
7th November 1993 – Kenya 9-60 Namibia
16th August 2003 – Kenya 10-32 Namibia
27th May 2006 – Namibia 84-12 Kenya
9th September 2006 – Kenya 30-26 Namibia
16th November 2013 – Namibia 55-35 Kenya
27th June 2014 -Kenya 29-22 Namibia
8th August 2015 – Namibia 46-13 Kenya
16th July 2016 – Namibia 56-21 Kenya
29th July 2017 – Namibia 46-13 Kenya

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