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Africa Rugby: Snook wary of Tunisia’s threat

Kenya and Tunisia play their penultimate games of this year’s Gold Cup edition this weekend as the two lock horns at RFUEA grounds in Kenya.

The teams to run out on Saturday have been named from both ends as Snook has handed Ambaka a 15s debut and Stoumann has chosen to stick with the team that played in Uganda last Saturday.

“I know they beat Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe ran us close. I have seen their other results and watched their games so I know it will be a physical game which will take the normal 100% effort from the boys.Tunisia have been in town all week so will have had plenty of time to fine-tune things and be well prepared,” said a cautious Snook after announcing his team to play Tunisia on Thursday morning.

“After the game against Zimbabwe we’ve been preparing to face Uganda and Kenya. We knew Uganda’s game would be tough and Kenya will be tougher unfortunately we couldn’t get a win over Uganda and now against Kenya we know it will be proper tough but we are ready for it,” said Tunisia’s Saif Bousadda to .

Saif added, “This year if you see our team it’s also not stable, we lost with a big score to Namibia (118-0 away) then got a win over Zimbabwe because we got our players (at home) and now we’ve come to Uganda and Kenya with a weaker team because we have very many players who do not want to travel. They just play in Tunisia but all in all we are ready than last year.”

Tunisia match onto the pitch to play Uganda in Kampala on 4th August 2018 Photo : Eric Ndugutse

Tunisia’s team to play Kenya:

1.Chelly Haythem 2.Mohamed Ben Yassine 3.Saif Boussaada 4.Jakni Chedi 5.Nassin Nuzan 6.Nabri Ahmed 7.Dhia Izen Dhiab 8.Hamdi El Mechri 9.Hayder Nasrallah 10.Meher Amamou 11.Sahbi Dhif 12.Achraf Dhif 13.Mohamed Ali Gafci 14.Houssem Khalfi 15.Eddine Hamila 16.Yahia Gras 17.Amir Ksontini 18.Imed Hasnawi 19.Isam Warhani 20.Rathwen Hammami 21.Sami Mensi

Kenya Simbas team to play Tunisia:

15. Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens), 14.William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin)*, 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), 9.Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), 1.Patrick Ouko (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 2.Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), 3. Joseph Odero (Kabras Sugar), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), 5.Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 6. Martin Owilah (KCB), 7.Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB/Captain)

REPLACEMENTS 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa (Kabras Sugar), 19.Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), 20. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 21. Mohamed Omollo, 22. Maxwell Kang’eri (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), 23. Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

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