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Shujaa target Munich title as Challenger Sevens Series concludes

Shujaa are in Pool 'C', where they start their campaign against Japan at 12:22 pm on Saturday.

In Summary

•The knockout phase is slated for Sunday and co-captain Vincent Onyala said they will take one match at a time.

• After Munich, Shujaa will head to Miramas, France, for a 10-day training camp to prepare for the promotion playoff in Madrid, Spain between May 31 and June 2 and the Olympics in July-August in Paris.

Kenya sevens playmaker Samuel Asati prepares to pass to teamate during the match against Chile during the challenger sevens series in Uruguay
Kenya sevens playmaker Samuel Asati prepares to pass to teamate during the match against Chile during the challenger sevens series in Uruguay

Shujaa aim to win the Munich Sevens tournament in the final leg of the Challenger Sevens series this weekend.

Kevin Wambua's charges won the opening leg in Dubai before a third-place finish in Montevideo, Uruguay, in March.

They are joint top with Uruguay on 36 points and are keen to build momentum ahead of the promotion playoff in Madrid in a fortnight.

Shujaa are in Pool 'C', where they start their campaign against Japan at 12:22 pm on Saturday.

The two sides clashed in January in Dubai with Shujaa winning the topsy-turvy encounter 21-19.

Wambua expects a competitive match. He said: “They are a fast side, who play to their strengths — expansive rugby and dogged in defence. It should be a good match."

Kenya face Portugal at 3:04 pm in a repeat of the pool stage clash in Uruguay in March, which saw Wambua's charges win 19-12.

The tactician said the European outfit is a physical, smart side you can't underestimate.

“They gave us a scare in Uruguay last time but we are relishing the challenge," added Wambua.

Shujaa 's final pool game will be against Chile at 5:46 pm.

The East Africans won their reverse fixture in Uruguay 31-12 in Uruguay and Wambua expects a close encounter.

"Chile are an upcoming side. We have had some close battles this season,” added Wambua.

The tactician welcomes back speedster Patrick Odongo (injury), Brian Tanga (illness) and Herman Humwa (form) and expects the trio to play a big part this weekend.

“They have been exceptional in training and this being a team game, where we need depth over two days, they are going to be vital,' said Wambua.

The knockout phase is slated for Sunday and co-captain Vincent Onyala said they will take one match at a time.

"We know what's at stake — this being the final tournament of the series. We must be at our best from the first match," he said.

After Munich, Shujaa will head to Miramas, France, for a 10-day training camp to prepare for the promotion playoff in Madrid, Spain between May 31 and June 2 and the Olympics in July-August in Paris.