Kenya Simbas, the national rugby15s aside has started their training ahead of World Cup qualifiers without a coach following the sucking of long serving coach Jerome Paarwater in December.
Led by captain Wilson Kopondo, the 18 man squad will be making their trip to Morocco under the guide of Charles Ngovi and Dominique Habimana.
Kenya plays away to Morocco on June 23 before facing Zimbabwe seven days later at the RFUEA Grounds. The Simbas then face neighbours Uganda on July 7 at home, then Tunisia on August 11, before facing a potential decider away to Namibia on August 18
The winner of the six-nation tournament will automatically qualify for the World Cup while the second placed team will be subjected to a four-nation repacharge tournament that will involve a team each from the Americas, Europe and Asia
Kenya came inches close to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup but a lapse in concentration saw them loose to Zimbabwe in their final match and lose the spot to Namibia.
The squad which is mostly comprised of players from reigning Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup champions KCB is expected to be beefed up with 12 more to make a compact number of 30 by the end of the month.
The Simbas are expected to pitch a two day high altitude camp on the 17th and 18th of this month with a further two week period suggested close to the competition, but location is subject to availability of funds.
Simbas squad in training:
Oscar Simiyu, Darwin Mukidza, Peter Kilonzo, Jacob Ojee, Davis Chenge, Curtis Lilako, Martin Owila, Michael Wanjala (KCB), Stephen Otieno, Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Samson Onsomu, Leo Seje, Nato Simiyu, Dennis Karani (Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (Kenya Harlequins), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Elkeans Musonye, Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos).