Simba’s coach Paul Odera cautious of Algeria ahead of their crucial clash in Rugby World Cup qualifier
Kenya Simbas rugby team’s head coach Paul Odera is confident of going past the Algeria in the Africa cup semifinals to be hosted at the Stade Pierre-Delort in Marseille, France from 7pm today, to move closer to qualifying for their first ever World Cup.
The match will be aired live on K24TV free to air platform and K24 plus app on phone.
Simba mauled Uganda’s Rugby World Cup at the quarterfinals stage with a 42-7 resounding win and the Odera charges are now confident of injecting the same dose on the Algerians. In case Kenya beats Algeria and goes on to qualify for the global event, they are entitled to a Sh 118 million grant from world rugby body International Rugby Board (IRB), for preparation for the World Cup.
The winner of the on going competition will directly qualify to pool A of the global showpiece where they will face Italy, New Zealand, France and Uruguay while the runners up will return to the Repechage qualifier, the final qualifier to the RWC.
Kenya has already recovered from the opening match which saw a few players suffer severe dehydration, among is the dependable duo and scoring machines - Collins Injera and Vincent Onyala who alongside other players with knocks and other bruises had just three days to get ready for the Semis that coach Paul Odera is confident to bag a win against a tactical and experienced side.
“The boys are mentally prepared and focused on the semifinal, they know what to do to give us the performance we expect from them. It will be more tactical because Algeria is a more clinical side compared to Uganda, more accurate and with big and experienced forwards who have been in this game for long,” Simbas head coach Paul Odera told People Sport.