NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
New Kenya 15s rugby coach Ian Snook says their
international friendly fixture against Uganda on May 26 will aid
in his selection of the team that will take on Morocco for the
2019 World Cup Africa qualifiers in June.
Kenya is among the
six teams that eye to join South Africa in the finals of the
World Cup in 2019 in Japan.
Others are Morocco,
Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Uganda. The first qualifier
matches start on June 23 with Kenya travelling to Morocco.
The coach however,
expressed his reservation with the his team’s strength and
conditioning aspect but said before the team travels to Uganda
in two weeks’ time, they will have improved.
“I have the task to
select my best 35 players. I have just started my sessions with
them after my appointment and what I have noted is they lack
stamina. That means we need to do more on strength and
conditioning to be able to last the full stretch,” Snook said on
Monday in Nairobi.
In general the New
Zealander said the players have showed him the desire to learn
and improve, which he wants to build on.
“I was disappointed
with some unfit players in their playing for their clubs and my
first training,” he said.
“But I remain
confident they will hit the top mark I will set for them in
fitness ahead of their qualifier match against Morocco on June
23, in Casablanca.”
Snook said Kenya’s
potential is evident but needs close guidance and embracing of
professionalism with passion to learn the game.
“Players I have seen
have the movement and patterns required for the game, though
they need to improve on their speed,” he added.
The New Zealand
coach has brought along fellow countryman Murray Roulston as his