Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater says the ongoing Hong Kong Cup of Nations is a good preparation platform for the team ahead of future assignments.
Speaking to kru.co.ke in Hong Kong, Paarwater said: “This competition has high standards and if we look at it in terms of preparation, it is good for us in terms of where we want to go.”
Kenya has so far lost two matches going down 23-3 to Chile and 31-10 to Russia on Tuesday.
“Yesterday’s game (against Russia) was again a game of two halves. We managed to hold on in the first half but unfortunately two soft tries after they kicked behind us spoilt it for us.”
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect the actual match, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half that we didn’t use; too many 50-50 passes.”
“It’s all about patience and using our opportunities because as we can see, if you squander your opportunities at this tournament, you don’t get them back and that is the difference between us and the other teams, ” he added.”
Paarwater had made eight changes from the team that went down to Chile going to the Russian game.
“I was very happy with the new guys and their performance, they did not disappoint. I told the team that it is a squad effort and everybody who travelled is going to get an opportunity to start. The important thing is depth in the squad and I am now confident knowing that these guys played a tough game and they must maintain their standards.”
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The Simbas sit fourth in the four-team tournament. Hong Kong and Chile have won one match each with Russia getting two.
Kenya plays Hong Kong in their last match on Saturday, November 18, 2017.