Simbas out to outshine Zimbabwe in Victoria Cup


Kenya's Simbas versus Uganda Cranes during the second leg of the Elgon Cup. (PHOTO/KRU)
Kenya's Simbas versus Uganda Cranes during the second leg of the Elgon Cup. (PHOTO/KRU)

In Summary

  • Simbas head coach Paul Odera is optimistic that his team will outshine defending champions Zimbabwe in their second match of Victoria Cup to be played this weekend in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • The Elgon Cup champions whitewashed Zambia 43-23 in a tight encounter in their first fixture of the tourney in Kitwe, Zambia last weekend and Odera believes that his charges will win against Zimbabwe.

Simbas head coach Paul Odera is optimistic that his team will outshine defending champions Zimbabwe in their second match of Victoria Cup to be played this weekend in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Elgon Cup champions whitewashed Zambia 43-23 in a tight encounter in their first fixture of the tourney in Kitwe, Zambia last weekend and Odera believes that his charges will win against Zimbabwe.

In an exclusive interview with Citizen Digital from Bulawayo, Odera said that his team has to improve on their line speed and width on defense.

He went ahead to confirm that utility back Isaac Njoroge will be the only player to be on the sideline after incurring an injury in their previous game.

“Isaac Njoroge has failed his SCAT scan for a head injury sustained last weekend and he will not feature in the Saturdays match but everyone else is available to play.”

They last met in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup match played at the RFUEA ground, Nairobi last year 30th June where Kenya won 45-36 but Odera says the team is different this year.

“They will be a different team from last year for sure because they have quick and evasive backs and play with a lot of width.”

Zimbabwe won their first match 39-15 against Zambia in a fortnight and Uganda 31-26 last weekend.

Zimbabwe won the cup last in 2011.

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