Simbas aim at Sables

HARARE - Kenya's rugby team landed in Harare yesterday for Saturday’s Car Africa Cup opener at Prince Edward School with team manager WangilaSimiyu warning the hosts not to expect a “wedding ceremony.”

Simuyu says Zimbabwe should brace for a bruising battle against the Simbas who recently climbed to a new high in the World Rugby Rankings following their 41-15 win over Portugal in an international test match played last Saturday in Nairobi.

The win moved the East Africans up from 32nd to 29th in the world and fourth in Africa behind South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe who are ranked in positions 2, 22 and 28 globally.

The Jerome Paarwater-coached side is now looking to add Zimbabwe to their list of casualties.

“We are not here for a wedding ceremony, it’s a tough battle because we want to bring the cup back home and it will all start with this match. The Simba must swallow the Sable,” Simuyu told Kenya’s sportsarena before their departure.

The two sides last met in a Rugby World Cup qualifier in Antananarivo in July last year, with Zimbabwe emerging victorious 27-10.

But Simuya says Kenya is not approaching this match with an agenda for revenge.

“When you approach anything in life with a mindset of revenge, you will never make it. For us, we have picked our pieces from what happened last year and we will want to play total rugby come Saturday. We know that if we go there with emotions it will be hard to win,” he said.

Simbas captain Brian Nyikuli said they were focused at the job at hand.

“For us, it has been working on our mistakes for the past two weeks after reviewing the game against Portugal. Everyone is looking forward to the match at hand and we are not even thinking about Tunisia or Namibia.”

Kenya Squad

Forwards: Moses Amusala, Samuel Warui, Curtis Lilako, Isaiah Nyariki, Peter Kaaria, Oliver Mang’eni, Ronnie Mwenesi, Michael Okombe, Brian Nyikuli (Captain), Lawrence Buyachi , Joshua Chisanga, Davis Chenge;

Backs: Lyle Asiligwa, Robert Aringo, Isaac Adimo, Kelvin Omiyo, Fabian Olando, Jacob Ojee, Darwin Mukidza, Samuel Oliech, Dennis Muhanji, Vincent Mose.

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