Kenya Simbas coach Snook speaks on World Cup chances

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Veteran fullback Chrysander Botha scored two tries as Namibia sealed a sixth successive qualification for the Rugby World Cup with a 53-28 victory over Kenya at Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.

Namibia have picked up bonus point wins in all their four victories where they have managed to dot down 45 tries, 34 of them converted and scored two penalties for a high score of 294 points thus far.

The winners will take the final spot for the Japan showpiece. Kenya needs a centre of excellence and high-performance rugby centre, particularly in the western region, where most of the rugby players are drawn from.

Kenya will face Hong Kong, Germany and Canada with the victor getting a ticket to Japan.

Unlike predecessor Jerome Paarwater, who had been with the team for a long time, coach Ian Snook only took over in April.

The result saw Namibia claim the continent's sole slot at stake to next year's Rugby World Cup finals in Japan, joining automatic qualifiers South Africa, and also retain the Rugby Africa Gold Cup.

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The victor in Marseille will join World champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Group B in Asia. "We know Namibia, we have watched their games this season and we have also played against them".

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET to Kenya captain Davis Chenge, Kenya Team Manager Wangila Simiyu, and Namibia Rugby Union CEO Mervin Green.

Third-place Uganda host Zimbabwe in Kampala and Tunisia have home advantage over bottom side Morocco in Monastir.

Just like Snook, Namibia assistant coach and former national team captain Jacques Burger is braced for a hard match.

"They've come here the last couple of years feeling that they can beat us, and while there is a bit more riding on this match, the challenge is still the same". However, we still have a second chance for the losers in the repêchage but there will be a huge drive for the team that wins in Windhoek. "I'm expecting that the players are ready for an 80-minute effort and are really looking forward to it".

Kenya's Gold Cup campaign got off to a slow start with a nervy 28-24 win away to Morocco but, since then, they have racked up the points against Zimbabwe (45-36), Uganda (38-22) and Tunisia (67-0) to set up Saturday's decider. It promises to be a fantastic occasion that will make everyone connected with African rugby proud.

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