Wangila: Overconfidence killed us in Uganda

By francis marangu
Jun 22, 2017
  • Kenya has a narrow 23-18 lead from the first leg of the Elgon Cup. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Joshua Chisanga will start at backrow as Kenya Simbas confront Uganda Rugby Cranes in the second leg of the Elgon Cup and the opening fixture of the Africa Gold Cup on Saturday at the RFUEA ground.

He came off the bench in Kampala as Kenya beat Uganda 23-18 two weeks ago. Homeboyz RFC backrow Steve Otieno and Mwamba RFC center Brad Owako are set for possible debuts after being named as replacements.

Otieno replaces Martin Owila of KCB.

Wangila Simiyu, the team manager explained why they have a varied selection of players.

“Any other player who is coming in is being tested. As we move forward, we have a bigger squad. If you look at the competition this year, it is a busy schedule and we need to try out these young men at this big stage,” the team manager stated.

“No player has been dropped since they are still part of the team. If we do not have a big pool of players, we will be risking fatigue and injury. That can pose the danger of being unable to sustain the pressure at the point where it matters most.”

Flyhalf Biko Adema misses out due to work commitments and has been replaced by Kenya Harlequin’s Isaac Adimo. Skipper Wilson K’Opondo is still injured with Darwin Mukidza set to captain the side for the second game.

“We have prepared well and ready for Uganda. Kenyans should expect a positive result,” Mukidza said.

In their preparation for the derby, Wangila Simiyu said the team spent enough time working on set-pieces which were problematic in Kampala.

“Overconfidence killed us in Uganda especially during first half. This time, the boys know what it takes because Uganda have improved. Our rucking situation and scrummaging have improved in the past week and we need to take our chances on Saturday.”

Simiyu added that Kenya will be going for early points and have an easy second half well in mind that Uganda staged a big comeback in the first leg.

“We must seal the contest in the first half because it is a pressure game and Uganda beating us is like a world cup to them. There is the sibling rivalry and we are not underrating Uganda. We respect them and we are taking this as a big game.”

This is one of the two matches in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for the top tier teams. Senegal hosts Zimbabwe in Dakar. The next matches are on July 1 when Senegal hosts Uganda and Namibia travel to Monastir, Tunisia. 

Kenya Simbas: 15.Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza (captain), 13. David Ambunya, 12. Patrice Agunda, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Simon Muniafu, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. Eric Kerre, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Joshua Chisanga; Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. James Kubasu, 18. Curtis Lilako , 19. George Nyambua, 20. Steve Otieno, 21. Kenny Andola, 22. Brad Owako, 23. Leo Seje.

Uganda Cranes: 1. Asuman Mugerwa, 2. Alex Mubiru, 3. Brian Odongo, 4. Mathias Ochwo, 5. Charles Uhuru, 6. Brian Asaba, 7. Scott Oluoch, 8. Marvin Odong, 9. Ivan Kirabo, 10. Ivan Magomu, 11 James Odong, 12. Pius Ogena, 13. Michael Okorach, 14. Lawrence Sebuliba, 15. Phillip Wokorach, 16. Cyrus Wathum, 17. Collins Kimbowa, 18. Adnan Mutebi, 19. Cox Muhigwa, 20. Musa Mwonge, 21. Gerald Ssewakambo, 22. Justin Kimono, 23. Makmot Kevin, 24. Santos Senteza, 25. Tamale Joseph, 26. Byron Oketayot, 27. Ronald Musajja; Management: John Duncan (Head Coach), Robert Sseguya (Ass. Coach), Steve Buyungo (Team Doctor), Emmanuel Baine (Team Manager), Robert Omuna (Ass. Team Manager).