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Kenya plans friendlies with Namibia, European sides
By Eric Njiru | Thu 06 Sep, 2018 09:39

Kenya Simbas could play two matches against Namibia in October as part of preparations for November's repechage.

Namibia Daily News reports that there is a discussion between Kenya and Namibia which may result in the matches being played on 21 and 28 October in Kenya.

Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Chief Executive Officer, Mervin Green, told Nampa that:

“We did receive an invitation from our Kenyan counterparts to play two matches. For now nothing has been agreed upon. I am busy discussing with my board to see how we handle this. The biggest blocking issue is who will take the cost."

Raga House also understands Kenya is planning friendlies with South African based clubs and European opponents as KRU director of rugby Thomas Odundo told KRU Media.

”We’re looking at fixtures against  South African opposition from either Western Province or Blue Bulls. We’ve also asked World Rugby if they can bring Namibia for a match or two. We also hope to head to France early for the repechage and play a match against either Spain or Portugal.”

As Kenya prepares for the four-team repechage -last chance qualification for 2019 Rugby World Cup- Namibia is also also preparing for the World Cup which they qualified by beating Kenya in August. 

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The repechage will be held in Marseille, France from November 10 with other three teams being Germany, Canada and Hong Kong. The winner of the repechage will qualify for the World Cup to complete pool B that has New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.

Green added that Namibia coach Phil Davis was keen in the preparatory games.

“He is of opinion that we can play those two games. He needs that preparation time. This will also be a chance to support our African friends get there (World Cup). We need to finalise on our side and sort out all the logistics,” he added.

The NRU CEO said they are in constant contact with World Rugby as they aim to make the two matches a success.

Kenya and Namibia met in August in the last round of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup with the latter going ahead to win 53-28. 

Eric Njiru
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