Kenya 15s (Simba XV) head coach Jerome Paarwater has handed Impala’s Samson Onsomu (pictured) his debut ahead of the international test match against Brazil slated for Friday in the northern town of Macapá.
Onsomu, a former Kenya Sevens international, has replaced Lyle Asiligwa who is unavailable for the encounter.
Simba eighth man Max Adaka has also missed out on the 23-man squad that will be taking on Brazil as he is yet to recover from an injury he sustained in the 48-10 win over Uganda in the Elgon Cup first leg in Kampala a fortnight ago.
Paarwater maintained the rest of the squad that beat Uganda, saying the players are in good form and only need to correct the mistakes they had in Kampala. “The forwards have no problem and there was no need to change the squad for this week,” said Paarwater.
He added: “Brazil is a good side and they did beat America and played a worthy game against Argentina and Germany so it is going to be tough but if we correct the things that we need to work on, then we are up for the challenge.”
Victory for Kenya will have an impact on their world rankings as they are currently placed 27th with 56.41 points while Brazil are at position 35 with 51.57 points.
While most of the senior players are expected to provide the much-needed lift, Simba will, however, have to do without Lawrence Buyachi and Joshua Chisanga who could have inspired the forward line.
Simba last played Brazil in December 2011, beating them 27-25 with Curtis Lilako, Moses Amusala, Isaac Adimo, Edwin Achayo and Vincent Mose the only surviving members of Team Kenya who featured in that tie.