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Kenya U20 match day squad named ah**d of Namibia encounter

Saturday, April 20th, 2024 09:33 | By
Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Youtube
Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/Screengrab

Simon Jawichre has unveiled the Kenya U20 team set to take on Namibia in their opening match of the 2024 Barthes U20 Trophy tournament.

The squad arrived in Harare on Thursday, conducted their Captain’s run on Friday afternoon, and is now primed for kick-off on Saturday at 3:00 pm EAT.

Kenya U20 front row

The starting lineup features Darrel Oluoch, Bramwel Anekea, and Geylord Ngasi in the front row, while Eugene Etale and Andycole Omolo lock down the second row.

Kenya U20 players donning Keep Rugby Clean t-shirts. PHOTO/World Rugby.
Kenya U20 players donning Keep Rugby Clean t-shirts. in World Rugby U20 Trophy PHOTO/World Rugby.

Captain Edmond Omondi leads the loose forwards, alongside Nathan Tsindoli and Iddo Kuta.

Scrumhalf duties fall to Patrick Wainaina, who partners with flyhalf Jackson Siketi to orchestrate the link between forwards and backs.

The back three sees Alvin Khavoli and James Olela on the wings, with Eugene Ojiambo securing the fullback position.

Michael Wamalwa and Daniel Kipchirchir form a solid center pairing.

On the bench, Brian Shile, Ian Nyandusi, and Hafidh Mohammed await their chance in the front row, joined by Clein Okumbi, Willy Tino, Benadict Muiruri, Faran Juma, and Philip Okeyo.

Kenya U20 returning player

With eight out of nine Chipu players from last year's squad included, anticipation is high for the clash against Namibia.

Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Youtube
Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/Screengrab

The match will be officiated by Stephan Geldenhuys, with Precious Pazani and Ronald Wutimber serving as assistant referees.

The winner of the tournament will secure qualification for the 2024 World Rugby U20 Trophy, the fourteenth edition of the second-tier age-grade rugby competition.

This year, the tournament will be held in Scotland for the first time, specifically at the 7,800-capacity Edinburgh Rugby Stadium in Edinburgh.

Kenya U20 1.Darrel Olouch 2. Bramwel Anekea, 3. Geylord Ngasi 4.Eugene Etale, 5.Andycole Omolo, 6.Edmond Omondi, 7.Nathan Tsindoli 8.Iddo Kuta, 9.Patrick Wainana, 10.Jackson Siketi, 11.Alvin Khavoli, 12.Michael Wamalwa, 13.Daniel Kipchirchir, 14. James Olela, 15.Eugene Ojiambo

Replacement: Brian Shile, Ian Nyandusi, Hafidh Mohammed, Clein Okumbi, Willy Tino, Benadict Muiruri, Faran Juma, Philip OKeyo

BARTHES TROPHY FIXTURES

Matchday 1 20 April
Kenya vs Tunisia 2:00 p.m
Zimbabwe vs Tunisia

Matchday 2 24 April
Kenya vs Tunisia
Zimbabwe vs Namibia

Matchday 3 Sunday 28
Namibia vs Tunisia
Zimbabwe vs Kenya

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