Rugby Africa Gold Cup: Kenya, Zimbabwe Clash
The Zimbabwe Sables are in town this weekend for their Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash against Kenya Simbas. The two teams were busy on Friday at the RFUEA grounds in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi in preparation ahead of their clash at 3 pm local time on Saturday.
The training session for Zimbabwe was led by their head coach Peter de Villiers to set the boys up for the clash that will also double up as the 2019 World Cup qualifiers. The team arrived in the Capital on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the preparations at the RFUEA grounds.
Kenya Simbas jetted back into the country on Monday morning after a successful outing in Casablanca, Morocco where they downed their hosts 28-24 to pick early points in the tournament. Earlier on Zimbabwe had drawn with Morocco 23-23 in their first match of the tournament and will be looking to get the first win from organized Simba.
Ian Snook, Kenya Simbas head coach expressed confidence in the Kenyan squad ahead of the clash insisting there was a need to focus on lineouts and breakdowns.
“We are looking to improve on line-outs and set-pieces also a little bit of scrummaging. We've been working on that. Otherwise, the mood is positive and we are ready to go on Saturday afternoon,” he said.
Zimbabwe named the squad to play Kenya on Friday morning with prop Denford Mutamangira set to captain the side.
Zimbabwe starting line up
1. Denford Mutamangira 2. David Makanda 3. Farai Mudariki 4. Johannes Stander 5. Fortunate Chipendu 6. Takudzwa Mandiwanza 7. Connor Pritchard 8. Tapfuma Parirenyatwa 9. Ernest Mudzengerere 10. Lenience Tambwera 11. Mathew McNab 12. Brandon Mandivenga 13. Kudzai Mashawi 14. Takudzwa Kumadiro 15. Shingirai Katsvere
16. Mathew Mandioma 17. Cleopas Kundiona 18. Lawrence Cleminson 19. Kudakwashe Nyakufaringwa 20. Brian Nyaude 21. Jeremiah Jaravaza 22. Tafadzwa Mhende 23. Dylan Baptista
Kenya starting line-up
1. Patrick Ouko 2.Coleman Were 3. Joseph Odero 4.Andrew Chogo 5.Malcolm Onsando 6.George Nyambua 7Elkeans Musonye. 8.Davis Chege 9.Sam Onsomu 10.Isaac Adimo 11.Edmund Anya 12.Darwin Mukidza 13.Peter Kilonzo 14.Tony Onyango 15.Biko Adema
16.Curtis Lilako 17.Moses Amusala 18.Peter Karia 19.Oliver Mangeni 20.Dalmus Chituyi 21.Martin Owila 22.Xavier Kipngetich 23.Max Kangeri