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Kenya has named a 22-man squad for their Africa Cup clash against Zimbabwe set for this Saturdayin Harare.

Head coach Jerome Paarwater has named 12 backs and 10 forwards as they seek to reclaim the title they lost to Namibia last year. Strathmore Leos’ Brian Nyikuli will captain the side, having done so during the recent Test match against Portugal which Kenya won 41-15.

Kenya Cup and Enterprise Champions KCB Lions have seven of their players in the squad while Nakuru RFC have five. Harlequins and Impala Saracens have three while Nondies, Western Bulls and Homeboyz each have one player in the team.

Forwards Davies Chenge of Western Bulls and Lawrence Buyachi of Nakuru RFC are notable inclusions from the Portugal-conquering side while notable absentees include Duncan Mwangi of Kabras Sugar, Martin Owila of Nakuru RFC and Emmanuel Mavala of Homeboyz.

Jacob Ojee, Sammy Oliech, Darwin Mukidza and Robert Aringo, all of who made their debuts in the international against Portugal were all called up.

Kenya will depart to Harare on Thursday for Harare for the Saturday game and will jet back on Sunday.

The Africa Cup kicked off on Saturday 6 June with Tunisia losing 14-22 to visiting Namibia, the current defending Champions. The Zimbabwe-Kenya clash will be the second, of a total of six matchups in four-team competition.

Forwards; Moses Amusala, Curtis Lilako, Peter Karia, Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Samuel Warui, Isaiah Nyariki, Lawrence Buyachi, Michael Okombe (Top Fry Nakuru), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondies), Brian Nyikuli (Strathmore Leos, Captain), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls)

Backs; Lyle Asiligwa, Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji (Kenya Harlequin), Kelvin Omiyo (Nakuru RFC), Fabian Olando, Jacob Ojee, Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Robert Aringo , Samuel Oliech, Vincent Mose (Impala Saracens)

Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager), Chris Makachia (Physio)

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After conquering Portugal 41-15 in a recent Test match, the Kenya rugby scene is set to witness another colossal battle as Kenya “A” takes on Uganda Rugby Cranes in the Elgon Cup.

Kenya ‘A’ who beat the Rugby Cranes 48-21 on aggregate to lift the title last year and complete a hat-trick for Kenya (Ladies’ title and U-19) host their neighbors in the first leg in Nairobi on 13th June.

Kenya Team Manager Newton Ongalo is confident that his side is capable of putting up a good show in the two-legged fixture.

We are confident of retaining the title with this squad which is essentially a transitioning squad,” he said. “We have a number of upcoming players coming through from Chipu (Kenya U-19s) as well as players coming through from the Kenya Cup league who are all hungry for success,” added the former Kenya 7s international.

A 30-man squad has been in non-residential training over the past two weeks in readiness for the fixture. Only seven players; Edwins Makori, Philip Kwame, Rocky Aguko, Eden Agero, Ken Moseti, Elkins Musonye and Felix Wanjala have been retained from the team that won last year’s edition. Also included in the squad is Cyprian Kuto who has previously featured for the Kenya Sevens and Simbas respectively.

Kenya lost the away clash in Kampala, Uganda 14-21 before producing a dominant 34-0 thumping of the Rugby Cranes in the return leg match in Nairobi. It was the biggest winning score line in an Elgon Cup leg.

The return leg will be played in Kampala a week later.

 

 

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