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)