Kenya Simbas’ hopes of advancing in the 2022 Currie Cup have been boosted by the return of reliable Brian Tanga, John Okoth, Vincent Onyala and Darwin Mukidza.

The four alongside loose forward Dan Sikuta have been drafted back in Simbas’ starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s clash with  the Border  Bulldogs at the Davidson Rugby Stadium in Alice, South Africa.

Simbas’ head coach Paul Odera made some notable adjustments to the team in the ftont row as Ephraim Odour is moved to the left side of the scrum.

Brian Ndirangu will be playing at the back row. Starting from the bench are utility back Jone Kubu abd Eugene Sifuna. Chrispine Shitundo will not be involved on Saturday and will join the rest of the team later in the week.

Commenting on the team’s selection, Odera said;

“We have named the strongest available team for this match, “said Odera.

“Sadly we have lost more players through injury. Elkeans Musonye, Shem Angugo and Coleman Were are all injured after last week’s brutal match against Griffons, “he added.

Commenting on the fixture, Head Coach Paul Odera said, “Border are a big phyiscal team and they are probably targetting this as one of the games they can win. So they will play it like a final.”

“We have done our homework on their key players and what we expect from them from all the three set pieces. Additionally, we have looked at what they try and do in different parts of the field when they have the ball,” said the former Kenya international.

Kenya Simbas Darwin Mukidza (left) in a past event. Photo/Courtesy

“We need to keep the ball a lot longer, cut down on unforced errors and put them under pressure both in attack and defense.”

“It will be a tough game as we travel for 14 hours to East London and then another 2 hours on the day of the match. It will mean that the Simbas have travelled a total of 46 hours in just a week. It is like somebody travelling from Nairobi to Kisumu 6 times in a week and then playing a match on the sixth trip. It will be a huge mental and physical test for our boys, but even with all the challenges, it is still excellent preparation for when we meet Uganda in France on the 2nd of July. Our boys are going to give it their all, “concluded Odera.

Simbas match day 23

15.Darwin Mukidza (Vice Captain), 14. Timothy Okwemba, 13. Vincent Onyala, 12. John Okoth, 11. Derrick Ashiundu, 10. Geoffrey Ominde, 9. Brian Tanga, 1. Ephraim Oduor, 2. Brian Waraba, 3. Joseph Odera, 4. Brian Juma, 5. Thomas Okeyo, 6. Daniel Sikuta (Captain), 7. Brian Ndirangu, 8. Bethuel Anami REPLACEMENTS 16. Eugene Sifuna, 17. Edward Mwaura, 18. Patrick Ouko, 19. Clinton Odhiambo, 20. Brian Amaitsa, 21. Brian Wahinya, 22. Jone Kubu, 23. Peter Kilonzo

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