Kenya U-19 head coach Paul Odera is in high spirits of achieving his Africa division 1A championship title target past Zimbabwe and Namibia as a technical buildup of a team that has set its eyes on the world junior championship as well as the U-21 rugby world cup.
While naming the squad at the RFUEA grounds, Odera expressed how his boys have impressed him by how they have blended and fully adopted their new playing structures and is as well optimistic that their defense patterns will halt their rivals from breaching their defense lines.
"The target is to win this tournament and get into the junior world trophy and after that the target is to get into the U-21 rugby world cup," said Odera.
The tournament that will be held from August 24 to 28 in Windhoek, Namibia will see Chipu battle it out with Zimbabwe in their first match and if they win the match they will thereafter book a slot with the winner between the defending champions Namibia and the newly promoted Tunisia.
Odera however is aware of the fact that beating Zimbabwe in their first match will not be a walk in the park but is confident that his boys will defend their territory well to advance to the finals. "Beating Zimbabwe in Namibia is going to be very tough for the simple fact that they are more experienced at this level but this year's particular team has impressed me in terms of how they have quickly come together as a team," he added.
Chipu's skipper Gabriel Adero was also present during the team naming and exposed how determined they are to stop Zimbabwe's wide open play with a tight defense to pile pressure on their attack to advance to the finals. "Having done our homework of watching their videos, we have realised that their play is to spread the ball wide and so we will as well have to defend it wide to give them a lot of pressure," said Adero.