NAIROBI, June 9-National rugby 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater has retained faith with the squad that whipped Portugal 41-15 as the team departs for their Africa Cup away clash in Zimbabwe.
Loose forwards, Lawrence Buyachi and Davis Chenge have been recalled to the Simbas squad in the only additions to the team that rolled over the fancied Europeans on May 30 at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds.
Buyachi, 27 and Chenge replace Martin Owillah and Emmanuel Mavala while Kabras front row Duncan Mwangi misses out on the Harare journey in the squad named by the South African boss Tuesday.
Buyachi last featured for the Simbas in 2012, the intervening years seeing him blighted by injury but the Top Fry Nakuru back row has since undergone reconstructive surgery and will make his first appearance in a Kenya shirt under Paarwater.
Chenge,23, from Kakamega’s Western Bulls last donned national colors in July 2014, featuring during the 34-0 win over Madagascar in last year’s competition which doubled up as a RWC 2015 qualifier.
Kenya squad to Harare
Moses Amusala (KCB),Samuel Warui (Top Fry Nakuru),Curtis Lilako (KCB),Isaiah Nyariki (Top Fry Nakuru),Peter Karia (KCB),Oliver Mang’eni (KCB),Ronnie Mwenesi (Total Nondies)
Michael Okombe (Top Fry Nakuru),Brian Nyikuli (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos, Captain),Lawrence Buyachi (Top Fry Nakuru),Joshua Chisanga (Homeboyz),Davis Chenge (Western Bulls)
Lyle Asiligwa (Kenya Harlequin),Robert Aringo (Resolution Impala Saracens),Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin),Kelvin Omiyo (Top Fry Nakuru),Fabian Olando (KCB),Jacob Ojee (KCB),Darwin Mukidza (KCB),Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens),Dennis Muhanji (Kenya Harlequin),Vincent Mose (Resolution Impala Saracens)
Management: Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager), Chris Makachia (Physio)