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October 18, 2018

Ouma stays focused : Shujaa skipper eyeing medal bracket at July World Cup 7s in USA

Kenya’s Oscar Ouma attacks against Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas on 3rd March, 2018.
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Kenya’s Oscar Ouma attacks against Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas on 3rd March, 2018. /COURTESY

Shujaa skipper Oscar Ouma is eyeing medal bracket during the Rugby World Cup Sevens slated for July in San Francisco, USA.

Ouma said with Kenya having made the to the semis of the previous two World Cups, the bar has already been set for the global showpiece.

“We have had a good run in the past two World Cup events and we must make it count in this one. I am encouraged by the way we are playing and I am sure we can get to the top three positions,” added Ouma.

Ouma said the squad is not worried with the new World Cup format that will see knockout matches played from the preliminaries. “We are not worried. The draw has already been done and we are ready for the event. The pressure will be on all teams participating and there will be no margin of error for any team from the start,” noted Ouma.

Shujaa will start their Sevens campaign against Tonga in the preliminary round and a win will see them proceed to face Scotland for a place in the quarter-final, where powerhouse South Africa await. “We have played Tonga before and we know what to expect from them. They are a physical side. We play Scotland quite often on the World Sevens series circuit so it will be a competitive and exciting tournament for us,” added Ouma.

Shujaa will fine tune their preparations for the global extravaganza by playing in the final two legs of the World Sevens Series in London and Paris.

Ouma said a good performance in both legs will give the team the momentum to the World Cup.

“If we can attain our targets of getting to the quarters and passing the 100-point mark, it will put us in the right frame for the World Cup and challenge for the medals,” noted Ouma.

Shujaa welcome back Oscar Ayodi and Dennis Ombachi for the final two legs to get them match fitness for the World Cup. Team manager Eric Ogweno said the duo resumed training with the rest of the squad last week and are in contention to play. Kenya are in Group C of the London Sevens, where thy face hosts England, USA and France. The side have massed 93 points from eight tournaments played.

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