Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has changed eight players ahead of their second match at the Hong Kong Cup of Nations against Russia on Tuesday 14 November 2017.
From the squad that lost 23-3 to Chile in the opening match, only Peter Karia, Wilson Kopondo, Oliver Mangeni, Joshua Chisanga, Davies Chenge, Leo Seje and Darwin Mukidza have been retained.
Those dropped include KCB duo of Moses Amusala and Curtis Lilako, flanker George Nyambua, half-backs Samson Onsomu and Nato Simiyu, winger Jacob Ojee, centre David Ambunya and fullback Tony Onyango.
To take their place is Oscar Simiyu and Dennis Karani at tight and loose-head, flanker Martin Owilah, half-backs Lyle Asiligwa and Biko Adema, winger Alex Olaba, centre Peter Kilonzo and fullback Vincent Mose.
"We've changed the squad for Tuesday's game because we brought 26 players over and want to give every player a chance to start or feature in the games. Friday's starting front row with the exception of Karia is rested. Ikambili remains on the bench though he had some game time against Chile. Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango get a total rest for this game while Eric Kerre is struggling with a bit of a shoulder knock picked up against Chile so we've also given him rest," Paarwater told kru.co.ke
Homeboyz hooker Philip Ikambili makes the bench alongside Strathmore’s Elkeans Musonye, Amusala, Lilako, Nyambua, Onsomu, Simiyu and Ambunya.
Russia is the highest ranked team participating in the four nations as they sit 20th and are the defending champions. They beat Hong Kong 16-13 in their opening match.
"They are a different challenge to us because they are physical but the guys are looking ready to go. It will be a tough game but we hope the outcome can be in our favour," added Paarwater.
Kenya Simbas: 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Davis Chenge,7. Martin Owilah, 8. Joshua Chisanga 9.Lyle Asiligwa 10.Biko Adema 11.Alex Olaba 12.Leo Owade 13.Peter Kilonzo 14.Darwin Mukidza 15. Vincent Mose
Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. George Nyambua, 20. Elkeans Musonye, 21. Sam Onsomu, 22. Nato Simiyu, 23. David Ambunya