After coming from behind to beat a resilient Zimbabwe Sables side, the Kenya Simbas are in action again this weekend as they take on regional rivals, the Uganda Cranes. This will be Kenya’s third game of the Gold Cup while only Uganda’s second. To add icing on the cake, it will be the return leg of the Elgon Cup.
Vincent Mose, a name familiar with Ugandans, the former having plied his trade with Kyadondo side, Hima Cement Heathens, is in the fray and starts at full back, replacing Biko Adema who drops to the bench. Darwin Mukidza continues his expedition at inside center, where he played last weekend replacing injuring Leo Sejee. KCB winger, Jacob Ojee, who was on target for the Simbas in Kampala in May is back in the team, replacing Edmund Anya who picked up a knock against Zimbabwe. There is a change on the other wing for Kenya as well, as Tony Onyango is dropped in favor of debutante and Kabras winger, Felix Ayange.
France based Simon Muniafu and Kabras forward Hillary Mwanjilwa are both in line to make their first appearances thought they will have to come off the bench. Dalmus Chituyi, who came off the bench last weekend to score Kenya’s winning try will be coming off the bench for this week’s game as well. Before last week, Dalmus had least featured for the Simbas in 2014.
Kenya hold a healthy 18 point lead over Uganda on the road to retaining the Elgon Cup having beaten the Cranes 34-16 in Kampala in May.
Kenya have won two games out of the two they have played this Gold Cup thus far i.e 28-24 away in Morocco and a comeback 45-36 win at home to the Sable last week while Uganda suffered a 55-06 mauling on the first weekend of the Gold Cup at the hands of table leading and defending Champions Namibia.
Kenya Simbas squad:
- Patrick Ouko 2. Colman Were 3. Joseph Odero 4. Andrew Chogo 5. Oliver Mang’eni 6. George Nyambua 7. Elkeans Musonye 8. Davis Chenge (C) 9. Samson Onsomu 10. Isaac Adimo 11. Jacob Ojee 12. Darwin Mukidza (VC) 13. Peter Kilonzo 14. Felix Ayange 15.Vincent Mose
- Peter Karia 17. Moses Amusala 18. Hillary Mwanjilwa 19. Simon Muniafu 20. Dalmus Chituyi 21. Martin Owilah, 22. Xavier Bett 23. Biko Adema