Kenya Simbas team manager Simiyu Wangila says they must take control from the kick-off when they take on Hong Kong in their second test on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at RFUEA grounds.
Wangila spoke on Wednesday after naming the squad to play on Saturday saying:
“From the word go on Saturday the plan is to stamp the authority because we don’t want the issue of we are trailing. The most important thing is to begin on a high note and end on a high note.”
Simbas had to come from 12-19 to draw 19-19 with Hong Kong in the first test played last Sunday with Wangila saying they have to be mentally stable.
“Our concentration has been on mental preparation because at this time you need to be more mentally stable and control the game from the word go.”
“Hong Kong team is not the same team that came last year. You saw from Sunday’s game they are very technical this time. I must commend them again because they gave us a run for our money.”
Wilson Kopondo returns to captain the Simbas with George Nyambua dropping to the bench alongside Vincent Mose and Oliver Mangeni.
“We don’t expect an easy game this weekend, we expect a high-level intensity in the first 20 minutes of the game.”
Kenya Cup winner Peter Kilonzo is in line for a full debut pairing Leo Seje who also returns after missing the first test.
“KIlonzo coming to the team is a very beautiful thing if you watch him in training that’s the kind of player we require. Talent is big and we are appreciating the kind of competition that is in the team,” concluded Wangila.