Odera rings changes as Simbas aim to floor Zambia
Simbas head coach Paul Odera has made six changes to the squad that started last weekend’s 20-19 loss to Senegal at the Nyayo National Stadium as they eye Zambia’s scalp in a crunch Rugby Africa Pool B clash penciled for the same venue on Sunday.
Ian Njenga, debutante Eugene Sifuna, Emmanuel Silungi, George Nyambua, Dominic Coulson and Samuel Asati are included in the starting 15 while Griffin Musila, Andrew Siminyu, Bryceson Adaka and Thomas Okeyo will start from the bench while Stephen Sakari and John Okoth do not make the match day 23 through injury.
There are also positional changes for the Simbas with Jone Kubu starting at flyhalf, swapping places with Charles Kuka who is moved to fullback as Samuel Asati, whose first two caps for Kenya have come from the scrum position will start this clash at outside center.
Davis Chenge who started last weekend’s game in the second row is deployed to the blindside while Joshua Chisanga reverts to the number eight slot.
Kenya must defeat Zambia to finish second in the pool and qualify for the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup which serves as the RWC 2023 African qualifying tournament.
1.Ian Njenga (Nondescripts – 3 caps)2. Eugene Sifuna (Kabras Sugar- debut),3. Ephraim Oduor (Kabras Sugar – 7 caps),4. Emmanuel Silungi (Homeboyz – 5 caps),5. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar – 23 caps),6. Davis Chenge (KCB – 27 caps) ,7. Daniel Sikuta (Kabras Sugar, Co-Captain – 16 caps),8. Joshua Chisanga (Kenya Harlequin – 32 caps),9. Samson Onsomu ( Impala Saracens, Captain – 28 caps),10. Jone Kubu (Kabras Sugar – 1 cap),11. Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar – 1 cap),12. Dominic Coulson (University of Exeter – 2 caps),13. Samuel Asati (KCB – 2 caps),14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB – 39 caps),15. Charles Kuka (Mwamba -7 caps) REPLACEMENTS 16. Griffin Musila (KCB – 6 caps), 17. Andrew Siminyu (University of Johannesburg- 1 caps),18. Patrick Ouko (KCB – 15 caps),19. Thomas Okeyo (Top Fry Nakuru – 1 cap),20. Elkeans Musonye (Impala Saracens – 17 caps),21. Barry Robinson (Kabras Sugar- debut),22. Bryceson Adaka (Kabras Sugar – 1 cap), 23.Isaac Njoroge (KCB – 5 caps)
Courtesy – KRU
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