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Kenya to power-on against Madagascar in rugby World Cup qualification

01 July 2014, 17:23

Nairobi - Kenya will be eager to kick-on from their strong start when they face Madagascar in a Confederation of African Rugby Division 1A Championship on Wednesday in Antananaravivo.

The Kenyan rugby team started their campaign with an empathic 29-22 win over pre-match favourites Namibia which did their bid to qualify for the 2015 World Cup a world of good.

Kenya has faced Madagascar on three previous occasions but have yet to win a match.

At the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi they lost 22-16 while suffering a 24-20 loss in Antananaravivo in October 2001.  The sides played to a 24-24 draw in their last meeting on 11 June 2005.

Kenya has since grown in stature, rising to the highest echelons of the African game as evidenced by two Division 1A titles in 2011 and 2013.

Madagascar dipped, dropping down the rankings and even experiencing a stint in Africa’s Division 1B, earning promotion to the top tier in 2013.

Madagascar are all too aware of the significance of this tie and will be eager to bounce back from the 57-22 loss they suffered to Zimbabwe last week.

“Madagascar will not be an easy opponent, especially when you consider they are playing before their home fans,” said Kenya’s team manager Wangila Simiyu.

“We are treating every game at these championships as a final. We are not taking anyone for granted and we cannot allow for complacency and overconfidence to creep in. We are well aware of the task at hand and must ensure that we finish the job. “

The match will be played on Wednesday July 2 at 3pm and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 9.

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