Blow for Simbas as Kopondo out of Kampala trip

first_imgHowever, there were five new blood in the squad that comprised of Patrick Ouko, Malcolm Onsando , Andrew Chogo, Xavier Bett and Joseph Odero of Kabras.Also in the squad are Jacob Ojee (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Vincent Mose (Impala), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz) and Martin Owilah (KCB).The Elgon Cup return leg will be played on July 7 in Nairobi and will double as Africa Gold Cup. Kenya won the 2017 Elgon Cup with an aggregate of 56-51 victory courtesy of first leg’s 23-18 win in Kampala and a 33-33 draw in Nairobi.The 2019 World Cup qualifiers for Africa region will be played in a round robin format with the top team after five rounds getting the sole ticket.Kenya opens their campaign away to Morocco on June 23 before hosting Zimbabwe and Uganda in Nairobi on June 30 and July 7 respectively.There will be a one-month break to pave way for Sevens World Cup before the qualifiers resume for the last two rounds when Kenya will take on Tunisia on Saturday August 11 at home and head to Namibia for the final game on Saturday August 18.Namibia won the qualifiers in 2014 to head to the World Cup. Runner up in the 2018 edition will head to a four-team global repechage.The four repechage teams will play a round-robin to decide which country will draw into Pool B in Japan with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Africa 1.Both Kenya and Uganda dropped a position each, to 30 and 35 respectively, in the latest World Rugby Rankings released on Monday 21 May 2018.The positional drops for the neighboring foes were directly necessitated by weekend wins by Chile and Lithuania who were some of the winners at the weekend.With Kenya and Uganda facing off before the next rankings release, Kenya has a chance of rising or Uganda can reduce the gap between them and their East Africa rivals.Both Men’s and Women’s World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.Full squadPatrick Ouko*(Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Joseph Odero* (Kabras), Malcolm Onsando* (Quins), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu (Impala), Isaac Adimo (Quins), Leo Seje (Impala), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Vincent Mose (Impala), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Andrew Chogo* (Kabras), Davis Chenge (KCB), Xavier Bett* (Impala), Biko Adema (Nondies), Oscar Simiyu (KCB)Management: Ian Snook (Head Coach), Murray Roulston (Assistant Coach), Dominique Habimana (Forwards Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Christopher Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)-By Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya skipper Wilson Kopondo in action during an international test match against Germany at the RFUEA ground on May 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The national 15s team has been dealt with a major blow after illness ruled out experienced captain Wilson Kopondo out of the opening season assignment away in Kampala against Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup on Saturday.This was confirmed by head coach Ian Snook who named his squad on Tuesday morning, comprising of regulars Darwin Mukidza from KCB and will be skippered by Davis Chenge assisted by Samson Onsomu.last_img read more

Pochettino hails Spurs’ ‘perfect game’ against Watford as Chelsea clash looms

first_img Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Tottenham’s thrashing of Watford Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham’s victory over Watford as an almost ‘perfect game’ from the north London outfit.Braces from both Harry Kane and Dele Alli were easing the Lilywhites to a 4-0 victory before Younes Kaboul scored a late, late consolation goal for the Hornets – the only dark spot on an otherwise excellent showing.And with a clash against Chelsea coming up on Wednesday, Pochettino was delighted his team can start preparations for that match in high spirits.“I think it was one of the best performances so far. It was nearly the perfect game,” the Argentine said.“The shame was we conceded a goal in the last minute but there were a lot of positive things.“I am very happy and we now have two days to prepare in a better way for the game against Chelsea.”The Blues made it 13 wins in a row by defeating Stoke on New Year’s Eve, and can equal the all-time Premier League record for consecutive victories by defeating Spurs at White Hart Lane.And although Pochettino is aware Chelsea are in a rich vein of form, the 44-year-old knows it is important Spurs claim all three points to reduce the ever-increasing points gap in the title race.“Chelsea arrive in very good shape – us too after the last few games,” Pochettino said.“It will be a very tough game and a great opportunity for us to try to stop them and try to reduce the gap.“It’s important, I think it’s important for us and for the Premier League to try to win and try to stop them and reduce the gap.” 1last_img read more