Kenya have been true Gladiators when it comes to the world of kabaddi. After a strong display in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, where they beat the United States of America by a huge 55-point margin, the African team have shown they are no minnows when it comes to the sport.

Their hero from that match and current captain, David Mosambayi, felt Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 was a good platform for his team to prove a point.

“We are ready,” said Mosambayi while speaking about his team’s preparation, “It’s not easy but it is important for us to put some pressure and get something out of this tournament.”

With India and Iran being the table toppers in their respective groups so far, it was no surprise when Mosambayi pointed them out to be the biggest challenge for his team. But after his recent experience playing with Haryana Steelers in VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5, the all-rounder felt he would be better suited for facing the best in the world.

“Playing in VIVO Pro Kabaddi was a very important milestone for me,” he said, “I was coached at Haryana Steelers by Rambir Singh (Khokhar) and he helped me with some new ideas and techniques. So I think I will be able to help my team by getting some points while raiding; and also while defending if I am needed.”

The Kenyan team are in a tough group with world champions India and their main contenders Pakistan, but Mosambayi was clear that the team had not come this far just to make up the numbers.

“Our coach has prepared us well,” said Mosambayi, “The only thing for us now is to play. Nothing is easy but we will try.

“Our boys are ready and we are ready to fight,” Mosambayi warned.