Kenyan flank Dalmus Chituyi, centre Felix Ayange and prop Curtis Lilako are among the men from Nairobi that will be looking to rewrite the history books, when the Simbas takes on Namibia in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
The stakes are high with the winners not only set to lift the Gold Cup, but also automatically secure a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The losers on Saturday will have to play-off against Canada, Hong Kong and Germany in order to qualify for the last spot at the world tournament.
A draw will see the Namibians finish top of the points table and claim the spoils.
Chituyi, who was the two-try hero in Kenya's 45-36 win over Zimbabwe on June 30, missed last week's 67-0 triumph over Tunisia due to injury, while Ayange also sat out of last weekend's match as he recovered from root canal dental treatment. Lilako is also back in the mix having not been a part of the action against the Tunisians.
Kenyan head coach Ian Snook knows full well that his men are a far better unit than the one that fell to a 45-7 defeat in Wondhoek to the Namibians in last year's tournament.
"Chituyi is in as we have a 6 (forwards)/2 (backs) bench for this game," said the New Zealand mentor.
"It has been crucial in a couple of the games to have fresh forwards coming on late to make a telling difference."
"Our hopes and aspirations is that we will play really well and piece things together for 80 minutes of what has been seen for 40 or so minutes in out other games," added the coach.
Kenyan squad: Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Oliver Mang'eni (KCB), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Mohamed Omollo Chituyi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Felix Ayange (Kabras Sugar), Dalmus Chituyi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Elkeans Musonve (Strathmore Leos), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), Patrick Ouko (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Moses Amusala (KCB), Joseph Odero (Kabras Sugar), Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), Davis Chenge (KCB, Captain). -
African News Agency