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November 18, 2018

Kenya 7s forward Oscar Ouma to play for Nakuru after Sri Lanka lock out foreign players

BETTER OPTION? Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma. Photo/Pic-Centre
BETTER OPTION? Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma. Photo/Pic-Centre

Kenya Sevens forward Oscar Ouma will play for his former club Nakuru RFC this season after the Sri Lanka Union decided to slam the door on all overseas players.

The loose forward had an outstanding season with Kandy Sports Club in Sri Lanka, bagging two trophies in the domestic calendar.

Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union’s move will see the upcoming Dialog Inter Club Rugby league only consist of local players. However, some clubs have appealed against the decision.

Speaking yesterday, Ouma said he is likely to go back and play in Sri Lanka if the appeal is successful.

“For this season, I will commit myself to play for Nakuru and Kenya Sevens but come next the year, I may go back depending on the outcome of the clubs appeal,” he added.

Ouma, who missed out on selection to the Kenya Sevens squad, said he had personal engagements which saw him miss out on training. “I had a couple of personal engagements that saw me miss out on training at Nandi Hills,” he said.

Ouma played for Samurai international at the Safari Sevens last month and was one of the key players as the English side coached by former Kenya coach Mike Friday, beat Shujaa 20-19 to win the title. Ouma’s full repertoire of speed strength and ability to break tackles and score tries was evident during the tournament, earning him a recall to Kenya Sevens side.

Ouma last played for the Kenya Sevens side in 2013-2014 season under the tutelage of South African Paul Treu but the duo fell out with the Kenyan star not happy with the South African’s training methods.

Ouma expressed confidence that the team selected for the qualifiers will do the country proud. “ I’m confident we can qualify for the Olympics but it won’t be easy. Every team will be at their best and the nature of Sevens is tricky and anything can happen,” added Ouma.

Ouma expressed confidence that Nakuru can reclaim the Kenya Cup title after losing out to KCB last season. Nakuru clinched the Titan Cup over the weekend beating KCB 33-29 and Ouma believes that will give the team confidence ahead of the season kick-off.

“We have a good side and the goal this year will be to win the league and be the best club in the country.”

Nakuru lost to Kabras in the Kenya Cup semis 15-12 last season and bowed out in the Enterprise Cup quarter-finals after losing to Homeboyz 13-11.

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