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December 17, 2018

Shujaa setback : Kenya Sevens to miss Billy, Ouma at next week’s Rugby World Cup

Kenya Sevens players Blly Odhiambo 
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Kenya Sevens players Blly Odhiambo / file
Kenya Sevens will miss the services of Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma at the Rugby World Cup Sevens slated for San Francisco, USA next weekend.
Ouma misses out on the trip due to personal commitments while Odhiambo is suffering from a fractured hand, injured during the penultimate 2017/18 World Series leg in London last month.
In their absence, head coach Innocent Simiyu have recalled the less experienced Samuel Ngethe of Menengai Oilers and Quins’ Herman Humwa.
The duo merited their inclusion in the squad based on their performance at the world series and will give the technical bench options for the three day rugby extravaganza.
Also in the squad despite a lengthy injury layoff is Nondies utility back Dennis Ombachi who has overcome ankle and shoulder injuries. Ombachi was due to play in the final two legs of the world Sevens series in Paris and London last month but was dropped at the eleventh hour owing to disciplinary issues.
Announcing the squad yesterday, Simiyu said the boys were fired up for the challenge ahead and were hoping to go all the way after reaching the semifinals in the past two tournaments — in Dubai in 2009 and Moscow in 2013.
“We have had a good season on the circuit and we want to carry the momentum to the World Cup and do the country proud,” said Simiyu.
He said despite the one-week standoff between the players and Kenya Rugby Union, the players are relishing the challenge of playing at the global event.
“We missed a week of training due to circumstances beyond our control but everything has been resolved and we are looking forward to playing at the World Cup,” said Simiyu.
He observed that the team must be in their best form if they to leave a mark in San Fransisco.
“It is an interesting format. Being a knockout event, it means that you have to adapt very first to the chaos in the game because if the game goes it’s over and you have to keep winning to stay in it. The first game versus Tonga will be very crucial. We have to start very well, get our game going, hit our performance standards very early, get the results we want and proceed from there,” he observed.
Squad
Oscar Ayodi (Captain, Homeboyz), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Andrew Amonde (KCB), William Ambaka (Harlequin), Samuel Oliech (Impala), Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras), Eden Agero (Harlequin), Herman Humwa (Harlequin), Samuel Ng’ethe (Oilers) Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Geoffrey Kimani (Conditioning Coach), Lamech Bogonko (Physiotherapist), Erick Ogweno (Team Manager).
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