Having played second fiddle to Namibia in the last few years, the Kenya Simbas will be hoping to come out on top at the end of this year’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup.
Their journey starts in Morocco where they will visit the newly promoted side having it in mind that Namibia already collected maximum points from their opening game.
The Simbas squad is set to be announced on Wednesday morning before the side departs for Casablanca.
This year’s competition comes with a lot more gain than just the Gold Cup.
The winner will earn a direct berth at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan while the runner up will play a repechage competition for another shot at making the world showpiece.
Kenya’s last engagement saw them beat the Uganda Rugby Cranes 34-16 in Kampala in the first leg of the Elgon Cup.
History will, however, back home side Morocco as they have defeated Kenya in the last two home encounters.
The last two match ups on Moroccan soil saw Kenya lose 29-3 in 2005 and 29-11 in 2009.
Kenya’s first ever win over Morocco came in 2007 as the Simbas triumphed 23-16 in Nairobi.
The Simbas will be playing their first Gold Cup fixture under the stewardship of tactician Ian Snook.
Morocco started the campaign by holding the Zimbabwe Sables to a 23-23 draw in Harare on Saturday.
Kenya will be in a marathon of fixtures as they face Zimbabwe on June 30 and the Rugby Cranes on July 7 in Nairobi.