Kenya Simbas are set to host Zambia at RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi on Saturday, August 24, 2019, for the first time since August 28, 2004.
Zambia lost the game 33-10 at the RFUEA but the two sides have since met once in Zambia since then, July 27, 2019, in the ongoing Victoria Cup.
Kenya's squad had current Impala Saracens coach Oscar Osir and Victor Sudi as wings while Newton Ong'alo started at fly-half. Moses Kola started at scrumhalf while Impala's Benjamin Ayimba started at number 8.
IIan Wamanga of Impala was at fullback, Jethwa Kiran of Nondies and Tito Oduk of Rhinos at the centre while the flankers were Ken Nyagetuba of Impala and Enos Otieno of Nakuru RFC.
The front row had props, Frank Ndong of Impala, Joseph Mutisya of Impala, Derrick Wamalwa of KCB, while the locks were Geoffrey Amuhaya of Quins and Frank Oyalo of Nondies.
KCB quartet of Paul Murunga, Frankline Amiani, Peter Mutai and Leslie Mango came from the bench as well as Quins duo of Daniel Kiptoo and Jude Thumbi alongside Impala's Steve Obondi.
Ong'alo, Wamanba, Ndong and Otieno scored for Kenya while Nowanga scored for Zambia with Kamisa Andrew sending in a converion.
According to Daily Nation, following Kenya's 33-10 win over Zambia in an African Rugby Confederation Pool 'B' Southern Zone match, Kenya climbed up six places in the International Rugby Board rankings to 46th in the world.
Kenya's next match was an away fixture in Namibia. That saw Impala's flank-forward Richard Nyakwaka and Harlequin's fly-half Jude Thumbi get dropped from the national team.
The new inclusions in the squad were Quins' centre Patrick Onyango and Impala's utility back Ian Simiyu. Nyakwaka was out due to injury while Thumbi could not make into the team. Nondies' Benjamin Ayimba and Moses Kola of Impala were retained as the captain and vice-captain respectively.
Kenya was coached Thomas Odundo who is now the director of rugby at KRU and also part of the Simbas techincal bench as he took charge of the team in Zambia last month.
Zambia and Kenya last met in 1989 before the 2004 meeting. Then, Kenya was captained by Max Muniafu continues Daily Nation and had in their ranks Tom Atak, Odundo, Ken Kanyi, Austin Kosero, Edward Rombo and Riiba Wanjohi. They won 8-3 in Luanshya. Muniafu scored both tries.
Kenya scorers: Ongalo, Wamanga, Ndong, Otieno, Benugus
Conversions: Kola (2), Oduk (2)
Conversions: Kamisa Andrew
Penalty goals: Simiyu
Kenya TEAM NEWS 2004
15 llan Wamanga (Impala, Cheetahs), 14 Oscar Osir (Impala, Cheetahs), 13 Jethwa Kiran (Nondies, Tetra Pak Buffaloes), 12 Tito Oduk (Quins, Rhinos), 11 Victor Sudi (Impala, Cheetahs), 10 Newton Ong’alo (KCB, Bamburi Lions RFC), 9 Moses Kola (Impala, Cheetahs RFC),
8 Benjamin Ayimba (Capt.) (Nondies, Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 7 Ken Nyagetuba (Impala, Cheetahs RFC), 6 Enos Otieno (Nakuru RFC), 5 Frank Oyalo (Nondies, Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 4 Geoffrey Amuhaya (Quins, Rhinos RFC), 3 Derrick Wamalwa (KCB, Bamburi Lions RFC), 2 Joseph Mutisya (Impala, Cheetahs RFC), 1 Frank Ndong (Impala, Cheetahs RFC).
16 Franklin Amiani (KCB Cheetahs RFC), 17 Daniel Kiptoo (Quins, Rhinos RFC), 18 Paul Murunga (KCB, Tetra Pak Buffaloes RFC), 19 Steve Obondi (Impala, Cheetahs RFC), 20 Peter Mutai (KCB, Bamburi Lions RFC), 21 Jude Thumbi (Quins, Rhinos RFC), 22 Leslie Mango (KCB. Bamburi Lions RFC).