By: AYUMBA AYODI
Kenya Simba will take the battle to champions Namibia in a crucial match of the Africa Rugby Division 1A in Windhoek on Sunday.
Victory against Namibia will not guarantee Kenya the Africa Rugby Cup since there will be one more match to be played between Namibia and Zimbabwe on August 15. Zimbabwe top the standings with six points, having beaten Tunisia 19-8 while Kenya and Namibia have three points each.
FIRST MEETING THIS YEAR
Kenya and Namibia will be meeting for the first time since July last year when Kenya won 29-22 in the Africa Rugby Division 1A clash that doubled up as a qualifier tie of the 2-15 World Cup.
Despite the victory, Kenya, who had beaten Madagascar, earlier failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing to Zimbabwe 10-28. Namibia, who edged out Zimbabwe, went through on better aggregate after three teams tied on 10 points each.
Kenya has had a good build-up for the match, beating Portugal 44-15 in their first Test match on May 30 in Nairobi. They lost to Zimbabwe 20-28 in their Africa Rugby Division 1A tie in Harare on June 13 but recovered to beat Tunisia 46-15 in their second Division 1A match in Nairobi.
Rugby World Cup-bound Namibia, who beat Tunisia 24-14 on June 6, have had a good build-up towards their Division 1A matches against Kenya and Zimbabwe on August 15.
Kenya skipper Brian Nyikuli said they are confident of signing off in style against Namibia.
“We have watched Namibia and they play more or less the same like Spain with strong packs,” said Nyikuli.