InternationalNational 15s

Kenya Rugby: Willy Ambaka set for Simbas debut

The Gold Cup is on again this weekend and it will be the fourth game for the Kenyans in this year’s competiton as they take the Carthage Eagles from Tunisia at the RFUEA Ground in Nairobi.

Coach Ian Snook has this morning named his Simbas with a debut handed to Sevens superstar and former Manawatu County man in New Zealand, William Ambaka on the wing. Ambaka replaces another Sevens star in Felix Ayange on the wing with the latter out of the squad after making his debut against Uganda last month, a game in which he ran full field to score.

“Willy spoke to me after the Uganda game and indicated his interest so Roly and I did some research with Manawatu in NZ where he had played previously and the reports were extremely positive. We watched a bit of footage in the Manawatu colours and decided he would fit in well to this group.Now he has a chance to show how good he can be in XV’s and we wish him all the best,” said an elated Ian Snook about Ambaka’s call-up.

There was a second change from the lineup that started against Uganda as Martin Owilah will be playing at blindside flank ahead of Kabras Sugar’s George Nyambua.

“This is a reward for Martin for consistently high levels at trainings and when coming off the bench in previous games. The three selectors. myself, Charles Ngovi and Dominique Habibana all were of the same opinion that he deserved this opportunity.It is a strong position in the team as George Nyambua has been playing really well and has been one of our consistently best forwards. However, this is a team of 35, not 15, and we are still sorting out a squad who would be capable of performing well at the World Cup should the team make it that far,” recounted Coach Ian to the media this morning.

Kenya celebrate retaining the Elgon Cup after beating Uganda 38-22 in Nairobi in July 2018

Simbas squad to face Tunisia

Backs: 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)

Forwards: 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)