Kenya’s 15s resume training ahead of Zimbabwe meet

Kenya's 15s resume training ahead of Zimbabwe meet

Kenya Simbas 15s resumed training after their test clash against Brazil as they gear up for their first match against Zimbabwe in the Confederation of Africa Rugby tournament.

Kenya is pooled in division 1A against Zimbabwe, Namibia and Uganda who were promoted from division 1B after impressive performances in the 2015 edition of the African tournament.

It took a late penalty by Kenyan fly half Darwin Mukidza for the Simbas to complete a narrow 18-17 victory over Brazil but the squad’s team manager, Simiyu Wangila, believes the consistency of the squad’s performance will help them in their course for the CAR title.

“We won against Uganda in the Elgon Cup first leg match, then followed it up with a tough win against Brazil and this performances give the squad perfect motivation ahead of the match against Zimbabwe,” said Wagila.

In a repeat of the event in 2015, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia will be facing off again and the Simbas are keen to up their game and improve from the third position that they managed in last year’s event.

In last year’s match, Zimbabwe beat Kenya 28-20 but Wangila believes that the Simbas’ squad has gotten bigger and better and can overcome 2012 champions.

“It is quite important to build on the front five because that is where we saw our weaknesses though our backline has been super and I believe with a little more training we can clinically beat the challenger(Zimbabwe),” emphasized Wangila.

The team manager believes the squad needs to stay intact to avoid a repeat of the events in last year’s event.

“The squad has been training together for a while now and hasn’t lost a match and I believe changes in the squad should be minimal since the players have a better understanding among themselves and this increases their chances of winning the tournament,” said Wangila.

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