NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya 15s rugby team will play Namibia in an
international friendly in October as part of their build-up for
the World Cup repechage qualifiers. Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) boss
Richard Omwela also hinted that plans are afoot to have the team
play Portugal in November in France.
The Repechage Cup
has four continental losers from Africa, Europe, Asia and the
Americas. Only one team will secure the final ticket to the 2019
World Cup in Japan. Kenya will face off against Hong Kong of
China, Germany and Canada from Nov. 14-23.
Head coach Ian Snook
said a lack of international matches was to blame for his side’s
loss to Namibia in the Gold Cup which stopped Kenya from
clinching the automatic ticket to the World Cup.
“The players need to
compete against the best in the world and learn from the best.
We need international matches and that was our problem in the
Africa Gold Cup,” Snook said on Wednesday in Nairobi.
Six teams competed
in the Gold Cup with Namibia remaining unbeaten. Kenya was
second, Uganda third while Morocco, Tunisia and Zimbabwe propped
up the table.
Kenya and Namibia
faced off in Windhoek last month in a winner-takes-all clash and
the hosts won 53-28 to book a place in next year’s World Cup.
KRU says the two warm up matches against Namibia and Portugal
will help the team jell and ease the stage fright of the
players, some who will be making their debut at the highest
KRU says the
preparations for the team to compete in the Repechage will cost
about 300,000 U.S. dollars. Coach Snook has since called a squad
of 24 to camp and utility players Nelson Oyoo, Andrew Amonde,
Dennis Ombachi and Sammy Oliech who failed to report to training
on Monday, are expected to show up after competing in the local