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Zimbabwe has put faith in 12 of its players who helped beat Kenya last year as they welcome the East Africans in an Africa Cup rugby clash in Harare on Saturday.

The Sables ran out 28-10 winners over Kenya Simbas last time out, a defeat that denied the latter a chance to clinch a 2015 Rugby World Cup berth.

Kenya coach, Jerome Paarwater, named his 22-man squad who will depart for Harare on Thursday, June 11 with only two men, Lawrence Buyachi and Davis Chenge being included in the squad that beat Portugal 41-15 in a Test match last month. The two loose forwards replaced Martin Owillah and Emmanuel Mavala.

Zimbabwe coach Cyprian Madenge on the other hand has named a larger 35-man squad with a mix of experience and new faces. Madenge who took permanent charge of the Sables earlier this year, has included in his squad some top talents plying their trade in foreign leagues in England, South Africa and Ireland.

Zimbabwe Squad

BacksKelvin Magunje, Andrea Banda, McLean Muhambi, Kuda Chiwanza, Daniel Capsopoulos, Cleophas Makotose, Malvern Maparura, Lungile Tshuma, Gardner Nechironga, Boyd Rouse, Tichafara Makwanya, Taddy Whata, Charles Jiji, Tangai Nemandire (Old Hararians), Tafadzwa Chitokwindo (Old Hararians), Steven Hunduza (Harare SC), Rian O’Neill (Natal Sharks, SA), Lenience Tambwera (Valke, SA)

ForwardsDenford Mutamangira (captain), Tatenda Murwira, Farai Mudariki (Old Georgians), Pieter Joubert (Old Georgians), Lawrence Cleminson (Steinhoff Ondersterpoort, SA), Royal Mwale, Kudzai Muzorewa, Jan Ferreira (Matabeleland Busters), Martin Wolfenden, Sanele Sibanda (Matabeleland Busters), Biselele Tshamala, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Graeme Lawler (Cork Constitution, Ireland), Andrew Rose, Fortune Chibendu, Kingsley Lang (Jersey RFC, England), Shingai Mpofu

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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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