Kenya Under 20 Head Coach Paul Odera says their priority is to have the players master their formations and systems ahead of the Barthes Cup kick off.
The youngsters kicked off their training camp on Sunday 31 March in preparation for the continental competition set to kick off on 4 April at KCB Sports Club.
The coach admitted that the greatest challenge has been that several players played for their respective clubs on Saturday and cannot be pushed to the limit as they need to be fresh for the matchday.
“What is important to us now is getting our formations right and our systems going both in attack and defense.” he told KRU official portal.
“We’ve had to push ourselves as management so as to keep the players interested baring in mind that a good number of them played in the Kenya Cup and ESS leagues on Saturday 30th March. Our Medical team has been very key in letting us know that if we push the players too hard, then they will not be fresh on Thursday since they need at least 48 hours to fully recover,” Odera added.
Kenya are pooled alongside Namibia, Kenya, Tunisia and Senegal. The side will commence their campaign with a clash against Tunisia while Namibia will tackle Senegal in the opening match. The winners will square it out in finals set for April 7.
The winner in the Pool will qualify for the 2019 Junior World Rugby Trophy. Zimbabwe will host the Pool B matches on the 17th and 20th of April.
Tatu City Nondies – Ian Njenga, Brian Amaitsa, Kenya Harlequins – Steve Biko, Bonface Ochieng, James Mcgreevy, Douglas Kahuri, Northern Suburbs – Wilfred Waswa, USIU Africa – Jeff Kiragu, Kelvin Munene, Blakblad – Collins Obure, Sheldon Kahi, Resolution Impala Saracens – Ian Masheti, Frank Aduda, Menengai Oilers – Edward Mwaura, Ibrahim Ayoo, Beldad Ogeta, Menengai Cream Homeboyz – Emmanuel Silungi, Johnstone Olindi, Kelvin Agwambo, Stanbic Mwamba – Martin Oyugi, Charles Wangwe, Laiser Hill Academy – Samuel Osongo, Alspencer Owade, KCB – Samuel Asati, Stephen Osumba, George Maranga, Geoffrey Okwach, Top Fry Nakuru – Lorence Ishuga, John Okoth, Strathmore Leos – Andrew Matoka,
University of Pretoria – Jeff Mutuku, Merchiston Castle School, UK – Ashley Owain, George Kiryazi, Marlborough College, UK – Dominic Coulson, Millfield School, UK – Rotuk Rahedi, Sharks Academy – Andrew Siminyu
Match 1: Namibia vs Senegal
Match 2: Tunisia vs Kenya
Match 3: Loser M1 vs Loser M2
Match 4: Winner M1 vs Winner M2