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Kenya seeks to break Namibia jinx
By Eric Njiru | Sat 18 Aug, 2018 11:33

Kenya Simbas will be looking to end a three years losing streak to Namibia when they meet on Saturday August 18, 2018 in Windohek in the last round of the Africa Gold Cup. 

With Africa Gold Cup doubling up as qualifiers for 2019 Rugby World Cup, Kenya can draw some inspiration as the last time they beat Namibia was in 2014 -during qualifiers for 2015 World Cup. 

In 2015, Kenya lost 46-13 to Namibia went ahead to lose 56-21 in 2016 and 45-7 in 2017. 

Even though Kenya beat Namibia in 2014, they did not make it to England 2015 as they lost 10-27 to Zimbabwe in the last match while Namibia whipped Madagascar 89-10 to qualify as Africa 1. 

Since then, Namibia have not lost any match against an African side. They are on a 17-match winning streak.

 There are only six players(Five from KCB and one from Homeboyz) who were in Madagascar in 2014 that have traveled to Namibia for this weekend's match. 

They are KCB captain Curtis Lilako, prop Moses Amusala, lock Oliver Mang'eni, flanker Davies Chenge -who was a Western Bulls player then-, Martin Owila -who played for Nakuru RFC then, and Strathmore's Tony Onyango who is now at Homeboyz. 

Unlike in 2014 when up to four Kenya Sevens players were called to reinforce the team, this time round head coach Ian Snook has called only one -Willy Ambaka who scored two tries on his debut last weekend against Tunisia. 

Kenya know victory over Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday will secure their place at Japan 2019 rather than entering the global repechage in November.

So who needs what to qualify directly to Japan or go through France -repehcage? 

If Namibia wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points-
Namibia : 24 points / Kenya : 17 points (plus bonus points if applicable but Namibia will still have the lead). 

If Kenya wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points -
Namibia : 20 points or 21 points with a defensive bonus points / Kenya : 21 points or 22 points with an attacking bonus point 

So in case both teams end up with 21 points each, the winner of the match involving both teams wins the tournament, hence in this scenario Kenya would win. 

Previous meetings between Kenya Simbas and Namibia 15s Rugby team

Namibia 45 Kenya 7 

Namibia 56 Kenya 21 

Namibia 46 Kenya 13 

Kenya 29 Namibia 22 

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere with experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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