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Paarwater names Kenya Simbas final squad for Rugby Africa Cup

Thursday, July 11th, 2024 07:45 | By
Kenya Simbas against Uganda in the Rugby Africa Cup. PHOTO/World Rugby
Kenya Simbas against Uganda in the Rugby Africa Cup. PHOTO/World Rugby

Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has trimmed his squad to 28 men ahead of the Rugby Africa Cup in Uganda.

The squad sees the return of two foreign-based players, Thomas Okeyo and Malcolm Onsando, who were absent from the 2023 campaign.

Kenya Simbas retain

Paarwater has also retained the majority of the players from the 2023 squad that won the Elgon Cup and finished second in the Victoria Cup.

Kenya Simbas take part in a training session. PHOTO/@KenyaRugby/X
Kenya Simbas take part in a training session. PHOTO/@KenyaRugby/X

Speaking ahead of the competition, Paarwater said, "Despite limited preparation time, the players are motivated and ready to face the challenge. We aim to give our best as the last time the Simbas won the Africa Cup was in 2013."

The Simbas will begin their Rugby Africa Cup campaign with a quarterfinal clash against Senegal at the Mandela National Stadium in Nambole, Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, July 20, 2024.

The winner of this match will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of the Algeria-Ivory Coast quarterfinal on Wednesday, July 24.

Kenya celebrate a try against Tunisia in a past Rugby Africa Cup encounter. PHOTO/KRU
Kenya celebrate a try against Tunisia in a past Rugby Africa Cup encounter. PHOTO/KRU

The tournament will conclude on Sunday, July 28, at the same venue.

Kenya Simbas Travelling Squad:

Ephraim Oduor

Edward Mwaura

Eugene Sifuna

Teddy Akala

Griffin Musila

Wilhite Mususi

Hillary Mwanjilwa

Hibrahim Ayoo

Clinton Odhiambo

Hillary Odhiambo

Malcolm Onsando

George Nyambua

Thomas Okeyo

Obat Kuke

Jeanson Musoga

Elkeans Musonye

Michael Wanjala

Samson Onsomu

Barry Young

Beldad Ogeta

Derrick Ashihundu

Walter Okoth

Paul Mutsami

Richel Wagila

Bryceson Adaka

Timothy Okwemba

Alfred Orege

Abdultwalib Wesonga

Non-Travelling Reserves:

Francis Atiti

Amos Obae

Dan Angwech

Tyson Maina

Griffin Chao

Quinto Ongo

Technical Team:

Head Coach – Jerome Paarwater

Team Manager – Jimmy Mnene

Physio – Stephen Mankone

Rugby Africa Cup 2024 Schedule

Quarterfinals | Saturday July 20

QF1 Namibia v Burkina Faso | 1000hrs

QF2 Kenya v Senengal | 1200hrs

QF3 Algeria v Ivory Coast | 1400hrs

QF4 Zimbabwe v Uganda | 1600hrs

Semifinals | Wednesday July 24

5th Place Semi 1 | Loser QF2 v Loser QF3 | 1000hrs

5th Place Semi 1| Loser QF1 v Loser QF4 | 1200hrs

Semi Final 1 | Winner QF2 v Winner QF3 | 1400hrs

Semi Final 2 | Winner QF1 v Winner QF4 | 1600hrs

Finals | Sunday July 28

7th Place Playoff | Loser 5th Place Semi 1 v Loser 5th Place Semi 2 | 1000hrs

5th Place Playoff | Winner 5th Place Semi 1 v Winner 5th Place Semi 2 | 1200hrs

3rd Place Playoff | Loser SF1 v Loser SF2 | 1400hrs

FINAL | Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 | 1600hrs

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