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‘Pool of Death’ in Dubai but buoyant Treu happy with return of some mainstay players

Team reels under injury to seven and study and work commitment to a couple, but some returning players are a major boost


IMPALA’S Sansom Onsomu is the fresh player in the Kenya Sevens team for the HSBC Sevens World Series rounds in Dubai on (December 5-6) and South Africa (December 13-14).

The Kenya teams for Dubai and this weekend’s CAR [African Rugby Confederation] Sevens championship in Harare, Zimbabwe were announced on Wednesday in Nairobi by Kenya’s High Performance Director Paul Treu.

Return

Kenya Harlequins winger Dennis Muhanji makes his return to the Kenya Sevens team since 2010 at the Scotland and England legs of the World Series. Experienced players who missed the opening leg — Gold Coast — of the current series also make a return, specifically Dan Sikuta (Mwamba), Patrice Agunda (Harlequins) and Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz). Andrew Amonde (KCB) retains captaincy.

Agunda, however, will only be available for the Dubai leg as he has study commitments, Treu said.

Injuries

He said it was challenging putting the teams together because there were many injured players (Augustine Lugonzo, Max Theuri, Biko Adema and Felix Ayange) and several unavailable (Collins Injera and Lavin Asego). Humphrey Kayange has a long-time injury that necessitated surgery earlier in the year.

Oscar Ouma has recently moved to play professionally for Kandy RFC in the Sri Lankan league and Horace Otieno is on the way this week to join the Police Club in Colombo.

Forwards

“Some of the players are getting their first call-ups, four playing their second tournament and Dennis Muhanji playing only his third since his last over a couple of years ago,” said Treu.

“But we have some of our experienced players coming back especially in the forwards and we welcome Oscar Ayodi who will add a lot of value in our attacking abilities.

Challenge

“In Dubai we are with perhaps some of the toughest teams — in ‘pool of death’, against Australia, England and USA in the last game; I think everyone is looking forward to that encounter [against former Kenya coach Mike Friday’s side], but we shall be up to the challenge and hopefully play to get to the quarter finals.

“We are excited and can’t wait to see the guys play. I am sure if we work hard in the next couple of days, we still have a couple of days also in Dubai before the tournament, and I’m sure we can go out there and do well.”

The team to Harare leaves Nairobi at 9am on Thursday while the Dubai-bound departs on Sunday, 1145pm

Kenya Sevens to HSBC Sevens World Series Dubai Sevens:

  1. Andrew Amonde, captain – (KCB)
  2. Oliver Mang’eni – (KCB)
  3. Bush Mwale – (Homeboyz)
  4. Patrice Agunda – (Harlequins)
  5. Dan Sikuta – (Mwamba)
  6. Michael Wamalwa Wanjala – (Homeboyz)
  7. Samson Onsomu – (Impala)
  8. Oscar Ayodi – (Homeboyz)
  9. Tony Dennis Onyango – (Strathmore University)
  10. Dennis Muhanji – (Harlequins)
  11. Leonard Mugaisi – (Homeboyz)
  12. Alex Olaba – (Strathmore University)

Physiotherapist: Lameck Bogonko (Kenya)

Team manager: Steve Sewe (Kenya)

Strength & conditioning coach: Graham Bentz (South Africa)

Assistant coach: Felix Ochieng’ (Kenya)

Asst coach: Vuyo Zangqa (South Africa)

Head coach: Paul Treu (South Africa)

Non-travelling reserves:

Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo – (Strathmore University)

Brian Omondi – (KCB)

Brian Wandera – (Harlequins)

Jacob Ojee – (KCB)

[Kenya] Shujaa for CAR [African Rugby Confederation] Sevens in Harare, Zimbabwe:

  1. Martin Owillah – (Nakuru)
  2. Humphrey Mulama – (Homeboyz)
  3. Peter Kilonzo – (KCB)
  4. Brian Omondi – (KCB)
  5. Billy Isabwa – (KCB)
  6. Charles Odhiambo – (Nakuru)
  7. Jacob Ojee – (KCB)
  8. Philip Owuor – (Nakuru)
  9. Samuel Motari – (Strathmore University)
  10. Davis Chenge – (Western Bulls)
  11. Brian Wandera – (Harlequins)
  12. Shabani Ahmed – (Mwamba)

Physiotherapist: Joseph Kolli (Kenya)

Team Manager: Newton Ong’alo (Kenya)

Coach: Gibson Weru (Kenya)

– Additional reporting by KRU