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Kenya Simbas intensifies preparations ahead of Quadrangular competition in South Africa

By , People Daily Digital
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 00:00 | 2 mins read
Enock Onchari (right) on his way to winning the last race in Nyamira. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera has declared that integrating Shujaa players with his 15s squad is key to the team’s success.

He reckoned that it will be an added advantage when Simbas kick off their South African tour against a Currie cup champion team before meeting Namibia eight days later.

“Simbas will not be in South Africa as mere participants but potential winners.

The team is upbeat and cannot wait to participate in the international quadrangular tournament,” Odera told People Sport.

He intimated that a lot has been happening behind the scenes to get the boys in shape in their quest to gain invaluable experience in Johannesburg ahead of their continental campaign-cum the France 2023 World cup qualifiers.

Odera said that he will be spoiled for choice in the selection considering that almost all the players are in tip-top shape.

Simba’s contingent of 30 players and five officials will be named this morning.

“It’s going to be tricky in selecting the squad but I must say we are under no illusion and that is why we have been pushing the boys hard this week in training.

The Morale and team spirit are high and that makes you happy as a coach,” he said.

In the meantime, Michael Onsando will link up with the team in Johannesburg from his base in Romania, the same as Andrew Simiyu.

“Both players will add the much-needed impetus and I’m glad that they will be around to help us in our course.

But I would have been the happiest man had we been living with all our players who have shown a lot of promise in training,” said Odera

Team manager Jimmy Mnene expressed confidence that Simbas will record the desired results despite several injury concerns among them skipper Samson Onsomu and Bryson Adaka who was scheduled to undergo surgery.

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