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Kenya make two changes for crucial Namibia clash
By Eric Njiru | Fri 17 Aug, 2018 17:35

Kenya Simbas make two changes from the side that beat Tunisia 67-0 to the team to play Namibia in the last round of the Africa Gold Cup on Saturday August 18 in Windhoek.

Kabras Sugar flanker George Nyambua replaces Martin Owilah at blind side while Homeboyz fullback Tony Onyango is in for Vincent Mose. 

Dalmus Chituyi, who scored two tries in the win over Zimbabwe, makes the bench alongside KCB trio of Peter Karia, Moses Amusala and Curtis Lilako.

Mohamed Omolo, who came on last weekend to score a try, also makes the bench as well as lock Malcolm Onsando and Kabras Sugar winger Felix Ayange. 

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It's down to Kenya Simbas and Namibia Welwitschias as far as who will represent Africa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is concerned.

Namibia is on top with 20 points as Kenya follows with 17. Kenya must beat Namibia for them to head to Japan as Africa Cup winners.

The 2018 Africa Gold Cup is doubling up as qualifier for 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan with the competition's winner getting the sole ticket as Africa 1. 

Runners-up, Africa 2, will head to global repechage in France during the November test window for the last chance to qualify for the World Cup. They will play Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.

If Namibia wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points- Namibia : 24 points / Kenya : 17 points (plus bonus points if applicable but Namibia will still have the lead). 

If Kenya wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points - Namibia : 20 points or 21 points with a defensive bonus points / Kenya : 21 points or 22 points with an attacking bonus point 

So in case both teams end up with 21 points each, the winner of the match involving both teams wins the tournament, hence in this scenario Kenya would win. 

That means the winner of Saturday’s match is the winner of the Gold Cup and there will be no a situation where the loser of the match could still be the winner of the competition.

15. Tony Onyango, 14. William Ambaka, 13. Peter Kilonzo, 12. Darwin Mukidza, 11. Jacob Ojee,10. Isaac Adimo, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Patrick Ouko, 2. Colman Were, 3. Joseph Odero, 4. Andrew Chogo, 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Elkeans Musonye, 8. Davis Chenge (captain) 

16. Peter Karia, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Malcolm Onsando, 20. Martin Owilah, 21. Mohammed Omollo, 22. Felix Ayange, 23. Dalmus Chituyi

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