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Kenya Simbas must think big

Saturday August 11 2018

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Kenya Simbas will be targeting their fourth consecutive victory when they take on Tunisia in their 2019 Rugby World Cup Africa qualifier at the RFUEA this afternoon.

Hopes of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup are still on but only if the Simbas beat Tunisia first, before proceeding to tackle and dispatch Namibia in their last match next Saturday.

Namibia currently tops the six teams’ standings championship that double up for Rugby Africa Gold Cup with 20 points from comprehensive victories in four matches.

Kenya is placed second with 12 points from three wins. It means we stand a chance of advancing.

CONFIDENCE

Anything is bound to happen in the next two matches with the possibility of Kenya stunning Namibia at their Windhoek backyard.

Let the team dream big even with the difficult undertaking in Windhoek beckoning.

Even so, the hard work begins today; Simbas must not underestimate Tunisia.

Kenya’s campaign this time around has been lukewarm compared to 2014 when they almost qualified for the 2015 World Cup in England.

Kenya beat favourites Namibia but faltered against Zimbabwe and failed to qualify.

Head coach Ian Snook from New Zealand took up the team with only a few weeks before the World Cup qualifier hence forcing him to come up with a crash programme focusing on strength and conditioning.

MANAGEMENT

Fatigue might have cost Simbas bonus points in their previous wins hence the need for early preparations and quality preparations in future.

In future, Kenya Rugby Union should be wise in effecting changes that will benefit the country when it comes to national team management.

Firing coaches with only weeks to major tournaments doesn’t help the country’s quest.

Kenya might get a second chance to try and qualify from a Repechage tournament in November but that is a difficult option, so the need to consolidate our resources and try to qualify through Rugby Africa Gold Cup.

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