Kenya massacres Zim

HARARE - The Sables’ Africa Cup Group 1A campaign got off to the worst possible start following a humiliating home defeat to Kenya here yesterday.

Zimbabwe put in a spirited first half performance as they tried to match the Simbas but the wheels came off in the second period as the visitors ran away with the game.

The Simbas took an early lead when fullback Tony Onyango scored the first try which was converted by wing Darwin Mukidza.

Zimbabwe responded through a penalty by fly-half Lenience Tambwera before the Simbas’ centre David Ambunya added another try to stretch their lead.

Ambunya and Dennis Muhanji added two more tries to stretch the visitors lead with Mukidza managing to convert only once.

The Sables responded with two tries of their own from centre Boyd Rouse and debutant lock Tapfuma Parirenyatwa as the scores were 15-24 at the break.

In the second period, it was all one-way traffic as the Simbas showed they were better conditioned for this match to blow away the Sables.

There were more tries for Muhaji, Max Adaka, Edwin Achayo and Dan Sikuta (brace) together with a penalty from Mikudza which ensured the rout.

This was the Simbas’ first win over the Sables in Harare since 2010 and coach Cyprian Mandenge bemoaned his team’s shoddy preparations, injuries to key players and absenteeism on some of the influential stars that were called in for camp.

“It’s a difficult one but a lot of injuries, a lot of guys couldn’t come and the preparations were not the best and I’m actually glad that the guys took to the field otherwise it was going to be worse,” Mandenge said after the match.

“A lot of things happening behind the scenes but I’m sure we can go past this stage and get everyone into shape.

“We need to beat Uganda and then believe that we can beat Namibia but again saying it and doing it are two different things.

“It’s not the best of result no matter who you take on the park, this is a national team and they need to play with pride and technically, we were found wanting.”

Simbas team manager Simiyu Wangila said: “It’s about consistency; last week we were in Brazil we been making build-ups and we beat Spain, Portugal and Uganda in our build-ups for the World Cup qualifiers.

“Zimbabwe has given us a good run for our money but the discipline in the boys was excellent.

“Our mode of play now is a more structured game, more technical and we were able to open up the Zimbabweans right from the word go.

“We came here for nothing short of a win and what it shows is that we want the Cup.

“We won the Africa Cup three years ago and we want to take it back home so we are working on supremacy and ranking currently, we are ranked 26th in the world we are working towards the best 20 or 18 in the World.”

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