In Summary
  • Seje will be looking to solidify his claim on the number 12 jersey as he turns out for his fourth Test in Saturday’s game against the West Africans.

The French have a saying On change pas l’quipe qui gagne! Which loosely translates to “never change a winning combination.” It seems that Kenya Simbas’ head coach Jerome Paartwater is a believer of this school of thought.

On Thursday, he announced a largely unchanged squad that sees Simon Muniafu reclaim his starting berth in second row in place of George Nyambua. This meant that Steve Security Otieno had to pave the way for the dropped Nyambua on the bench.

The mood in the Simbas’ camp must be buoyant and electric. You can’t blame the boys for being upbeat and optimistic. They had come under a barrage of criticism in their timid performance against Germany and Uganda. Some pessimistic pundits had started writing obituaries of Kenya XV regarding a failed World Cup dream. Their 100-10 thrashing of Tunisia restored the team’s self-belief, and our confidence in the squad.

Tomorrow’s (today’s) game against Senegal will kick off at 2.00pm, strange timing for a Test match in Nairobi. The unfamiliar timing for the kick-off has been necessitated by the broadcaster Kwesse Sports who have two scheduled matches. Uganda will be taking on Tunisia at 4.30pm in Kampala.

Last week, I wrote about how the decision to start Leo Seje ahead of Patrice Agunda is key to restoring Kenya’s famed and feared backline attack. The Maseno School alumnus proved me right! Seje was all over the park with big tackles, contesting and winning restarts, and offering beautiful support play. He capped off his man-of-the-match performance with a try after being set up by hardworking Jacob Ojee.

Seje will be looking to solidify his claim on the number 12 jersey as he turns out for his fourth Test in Saturday’s game against the West Africans. The only other centres who can effectively challenge him for the positions are Mwamba RFC’s Brad Owako or Homeboyz RFC’s Max Kang’eri.

Page 1 of 2