Shujaa, the Kenya sevens rugby team regular player Willy Ambaka will be making his debut in Simbas- the Kenya rugby 15s squad ahead of Saturday’s tie against Tunisia in Rugby Africa Gold Cup tournament.
The Kenya Harlequins player will make the starting line-up as Kenya will be accumulating points in the penultimate match, which is part of the Rugby World Cup qualifier.
Head coach Ian Snook named Ambaka who has been a household name on the Sevens World Series and will start on the wing, when Simbas seek to continue with its winning formula following their three wins out of three.
Ambaka replaces Felix Ayange who is rested for this encounter.
Snook said “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.”
Ambaka is one of only two changes to the side that started the 38-22 home win over Uganda at the same venue on Saturday 7 July 2018, the other being Martin Owilah who starts ahead of George Nyambua at blindside.
Snook added that Tunisia is a big team after 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.”
Simbas squad to face 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).
Additional information: KRU