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Kenya 15s coach makes five changes ahead of Rugby Africa test******
NAIROBI, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenya face Namibia in a Rugby Africa clash on Sunday with head coach Paul Odera making five changes to his 23-member squad ahead of the encounter that will be played in Stellenbosch, South Africa.。
George Nyambua joins the experienced backrow that features his captain Daniel Sikuta alongside Joshua Chisanga.。
This change sees Stephen Sakari, who started last week against the Carling Champions, move to the bench where he is joined by Brian Wahinya, Ephraim Oduor, Peter Kilonzo and Brian Juma.。
Odera has opted for Nyambua for his power and experience having played against Namibia in the past.。
"Wahinya covers both scrumhalf and flyback and he is also quicker than Barry Robinson so we are looking to see if that will give us a bit of an edge. Juma is excellent at the lineout so it will be good to have him come in as an impact player," the head coach said.。
Wahinya is set to make his debut for the Kenya 15s and is raring to take his opportunity to impress if called upon.。
"I have worked very hard for this opportunity. I am very grateful to be part of this team and playing with this group of gentlemen is a once in a lifetime opportunity," he added.。
The match will be played at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. Enditem。
Botswana edges Angola in 2022 WAFCON's second leg qualifier******
GABORONE, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Botswana defeated Tuesday Angola 2-0 in the second leg of the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifiers in Francistown, Botswana's second-largest city.
Two goals from electrifying Thuto Ramafifi and resourceful Mokgabo Thanda were enough to cap the fine form they showcased in a 5-1 victory over the Angolans during the first leg played in Luanda, Angola last week.
Ramafifi poked the ball into the back of the net just nine minutes into the game following goalmouth melee to put the home side in the driving seat while Thanda's long-range thunderbolt in the 28th minute ensured that Botswana cruise through to the next round.
"We minimized the mistakes we made in the first leg hence not conceding. And it is exciting that we have reached the next round," said Gaolethoo Nkutlwisang, the head coach of Botswana's female side.
Botswana is expected to play Zimbabwe in the next stage.
The 12th edition of the WAFCON, officially known as the Total Women's Africa Cup of Nations, will be played in Rabat, Morocco from July 2-23, 2022. Enditem
Death toll in Philippine typhoon climbs to 208, 52 missing******
The death toll from Typhoon Rai that lashed the Philippines last week has climbed to 208, a spokesperson for the police said on Monday, adding that 52 more remain missing.。
However, Philippine National Police spokesperson Colonel Roderick Alba only provided details of the reported 29 deaths caused by Typhoon Rai, the 15th and the most destructive typhoon to hit the Southeast Asian country this year.。
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported only 58 deaths on Monday. Only four of the 58 are confirmed. The agency also reported that 18 people were missing.。
Bohol in the central Philippines is one of the hardest-hit by Typhoon Rai. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said on Monday that 94 people died in his province alone, while at least 18 more are missing.。
The NDRRMC said close to 1 million people have been affected by the typhoon, including 442,424 displaced residents.。
The NDRRMC said the initial estimate of damage to agriculture is 118.28 million pesos (2.4 million US dollars) and 225.17 million pesos (roughly 4.5 million US dollars) worth of infrastructure.。
On Thursday afternoon, the typhoon first slammed into Siargao Island, off the eastern coast on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.。
Rai lashed the Philippines for three days, causing flooding and landslides and leaving a trail of destruction in the central and southern Philippines region, including some areas in the main Luzon island.。
"We are still assessing the damage, but it is huge. The typhoon leveled the entire community to the ground, no electricity, water, and food," said Defense Secretary and NDRRMC Chairman Delfin Lorenzana.。
He said the government is now addressing the food, water, and medical care of those injured.。
"I have directed the armed forces to deploy all available assets such as ships, boats, aircraft, and trucks to bring relief goods to the stricken areas and the deployment of troops if necessary," Lorenzana said.。
Meanwhile, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said 29 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Siargao Island, famous for surfing. "The tourists have been identified, and they are in good condition," he added.。
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