Simbas team manager Wangila Simiyu braces for full impact action when they host Tunisia Saturday at the RFUEA Grounds in their second Africa Gold Cup fixture.
Wangila, aware of the hurtful loss Tunisia were handed at home by the defending champions Namibia, expects tough opposition as Simbas seek their first home win this season past them in what seems to be a hunt for points and glory.
“One thing we have told the players is that the loses Tunisia has had, has turned them into a wounded animal. So their coming to Kenya is driven by the fact that they want to prove a point by making sure they win the match so we cannot underestimate anybody, they are very strong upfront so definitely we expect a very explosive and physical game tomorrow,” said Wangila.
Back-to-back records between Kenya and Tunisia points the Simbas as the favorites in that match having clawed Tunisia in more occasions with the latest one going back to 2015 where Kenya clawed them 46-15 at the same venue.
Tunisia coming off a cutting 53-7 loss to Namibia at their home ground in Tunis will be keen to secure their first point(s) as they currently lie at the bottom of the six-team format cup standings with a pointless run while Kenya sits on the fourth place after having registered a 33-33 stalemate with Uganda on June 24 in Nairobi.
Wangila goes ahead to comfortably declare war against the visitors having largely corrected the errors, which almost cost Kenya the match against Uganda though caution will be observed while delivering the crucial win.
“We however saw a good improvement in our scrummaging against Uganda and we have perfected it. We have the high altitude, which is an advantage so if we play a fast game definitely they will not take the pressure on it.
Their intention is to slow the game but we want to hasten it and that is what we will do on Saturday,” he said. Kenya will be playing to the home and altitude advantage while maximising on the pacy backline which Tunisia failed to contain back in 2015 thus the buildup on that will come in handy when Simbas step into the pitch optimistic of registering a first home win this season after registering a loss to Germany in May and an upsetting 33-33 draw with Uganda last month.
A more intriguing news from the Simbas manager is on his disappointment experienced after Kenya sevens skipper Andrew Amonde and team mate Sammy Oliech turned down the offer to feature for the 15s side at a time when the country is in need of their services more than ever but they instead opted to travel to Sri Lanka for the Super Sevens Cup.