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Nakuru RFC’s eighth man Lawrence Buyachi and Western Bulls’ flanker Davis Chenge are the latest inclusion in the Kenya squad for Saturday’s Confederation of Africa Rugby ‘1A’ match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Unveiling the squad yesterday, team manager Wangila Simiyu said Buyachi is experienced, a good ball carrier and very mobile while Chenge has a high workrate plus speed. “Those are the attributes we are looking for from our team as we expect a very physical and combative play from Sables,” he said.

The two replaces Nakuru’s Martin Owilla and Emmnuel Mavala of Homeboyz who have been dropped. The two played in Kenya’s 41-15 win over Portugal a fortnight ago at the RFUEA ground.

Simiyu expects a stern contest against the hosts with Kenya having beaten them once in their last six meetings. Zimbabwe also dashed Kenya hopes of a maiden debut at the Rugby World Cup this year in England after beating them 28-10 in Madagascar last year year. “We expect tough match against Zimababwe owing to the fact that they have very big fowards who are bound tl test us upfront. However, we will play an expansive game just like we did against Portugal as a slower pace will suit the Sables,” added Simiyu.

He warned his players not to play with a revenge mindset when they face the hosts at the Prince Edward School. “When you go with a mindset of revenge, you never achieve anything. I want the boys to go and play hard and stick to our game plan. I am sure we can win the match,” he added

Captain Brian Nyikuli is equally confident that Kenya win this year’s competition despite two tough away tests against Zimbabwe and Namibia.

“I’m confident in the group of players we have and I am sure we can go all the way and reclaim the trophy we won in 2013. We have nothing to fear in playing Zimbabwe at their backyard,’ he noted.

The team leaves the country tommorrow at midday and return on Sunday.

Team Fowards: Moses Amusala (KCB), Samuel Warui (Nakuru), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Isiah Nyariki (Nakuru), Peter Kaaria (KCB), Oliver Mangeni (KCB), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondies), Michael Okombe (Nakuru), Brian Nyikuli (Strathmore), Lawrence Buyachi (Nakuru), Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls) Backs: Lyle Asiligwa (Quins), Robert Aringo (Impala), Isaac Adimo (Quins), Kelvin Omiyo (Nakuru), Fabian Olando (KCB), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Sammy Oliech (Impala), Dennis Muhanji (Quins) and Vincent Mose (Impala).

Source : The Star

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