A 30 man Simbas squad departs for Cape Town at dawn on Friday for a 10 day training camp in ahead of their home test fixture against Germany on Saturday 27 May.
Team Manager Simiyu Wangila, speaking in Nairobi on Thursday morning, said, “ We have had the opportunity to train together in Nairobi and will use the camp in South Africa to fine tune aspects of our play, most notably the set piece and scrummaging as we brace for the clash against Germany which kicks off our international season.”
While in South Africa, the team will play a build up match against local side Durbell RFC.
Davis Chenge will captain the squad in the absence of Wilson Kopondo who is unavailable due to work commitments. Others missing out due to professional and academic commitments include Oliver Mang’eni, Kenny Andola, Steve Otieno and Benjamin Marshall while Darwin Mukidza is away with the Kenya Sevens team in Europe.
Wilson Kopondo has been confirmed as the Simbas skipper ahead of the team’s 2017 fixtures will not be travelling with the squad but Davis Chenge , who was named to captain the Simbas travelling party in the absence of Kopondo said, “We are heading to South Africa for a 10 day camp where we will have chance to work with a number of coaches to fortify our tactical and physical abilities. We will also play a build up match which will give us a chance to test our systems and tactics ahead of the Germany test on 27th May.”
Simbas squad to Cape Town
Moses Amusala, George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani, Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Davis Chenge (KCB, Tour Captain), Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Martin Owila (KCB), Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Isaac Adimo, Dennis Muhanji, Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quns), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu (KCB), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), James Kubau (Resolution Impala Saracens), Emmanuel Mavala, Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Biko Adema (Nondescripts, Assistant Tour Captain), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)
Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Charles Ngovi, Dominique Habimana (Assistant Coaches), Richard Ochieng (S&C), Chris Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)