We are a stronger team than when we played Kenya: Philander

WINDHOEK: National senior Rugby team winger David Philander said the team is well prepared to face Kenya then a year ago when the two sides met for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Madagascar.

Namibia lost the game 22-29 in Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament, which was held in Madagascar last year July.

The two teams will now face each other again in the Africa Cup match at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday at 15h00.

Speaking at a media conference held here on Tuesday by the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Philander said Namibia is currently in a far better position than their Kenyan counterpart.

“In the World Cup qualifiers last year we were not well prepared as we are today. We underestimated them ahead of the game and they gave us a shock of our lives and we could have lost out on qualifying for the World Cup.

“But when we get into the field on Saturday we will be prepared to fight fire with fire since Kenya is also a good side but our team currently looks better than them as we have been preparing intensively for the World Cup,” he said.

He added that playing Kenya will be a perfect preparation step for the team since the East African team plays the same style as Tonga who they will be facing at the World Cup in England.

“The team did well in our last two friendly games with Russia and we don’t want to disappoint the nation when we play on Saturday, we want to show them that we are ready to compete at the World Cup.

“I now call on the fans to come in number in their blue jerseys and cheer the team on just like they did with Russia,” said Philander.

Before the match kick-off at 15h00 the will be curtain raiser games of High School Rugby.

Namibia will participate in the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup in England in September this year, and face Argentina, Georgia, Tonga and New Zealand.